SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls close on signings

Wanted man: Derby's Chris Maguire is an Owls target
Wanted man: Derby's Chris Maguire is an Owls target

SHEFFIELD Wednesday are closing in on transfer targets and could confirm at least one signing within the next few days.

Manager Dave Jones told The Star that he is pleased with progress made so far and work goes on to add to the deals agreed with defender Kieran Lee and keeper Chris Kirkland.

“We’re trying to get some deals done, hopefully in the next few days,” he said.

Jones, though reluctant to discuss names, believes that automatic promotion enabled the Owls to make a flying start in the transfer market.

If they had ended up in the play-offs, they would have had to wait longer to see which division they were in, before firming up team-building plans.

“We’ve had a great start,” added the Wednesday boss. “We put our minds to it. We’ve spoken to a lot of people and made some offers.

“Players will still decide where they want to go and what they want to do.”

Midfielder player Diogo Amado, aged 22, from

Portuguese club Uniao Leira, could be the next player to be confirmed as a Wednesday capture.

The Owls are understood to have had bids for Derby striker Chris Maguire and Reading winger Michail Antonio rejected but to be still interested in both players - and despite last season’s loan star, Antonio, appearing to indicate this week that he relishes the prospect of fighting for a Royals place.

Claims in Scotland that Jones is eyeing Motherwell and former Tranmere midfield player Steven Jennings have been denied by the Owls boss.

Derby refuse to confirm Wednesday want Maguire, a 23-year-old who cost £470,000 from Aberdeen a year ago. However, chief executive Tom Glick said: “It’s no secret that Chris is an exciting prospect but he hasn’t settled yet in Nigel Clough’s team. We have had some interest and bids for him. If that continues, we will evaluate each of them as they come up. There hasn’t been any bid we felt met a valuation.

“If we make a decision on any player, it will only be because we feel it is good value for money.”