Sheffield Wednesday: Owls eyed Rovers striker

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Dave Jones is keeping up his hunt for a striker after revealing that Doncaster Rovers loan star Federico Macheda was on his list of possible targets.

The Manchester United 22-year-old faces the Owls tomorrow after scoring both Rovers goals in a 2-2 draw with Forest.

But Jones has hinted that he could have been a Wednesday player.

The Owls boss refused to go into detail but he did admit to losing out on “two or three” strikers who went elsewhere.

They are believed to include Billy Sharp, who has moved on loan from Southampton to Reading, and Gary Taylor-Fletcher, who has been given a one-year contract at Leicester after training with Wednesday.

But Jones confirmed that he has other targets and hopes to make a loan signing - “before the weekend, if we can.”

The Owls boss was talking about tomorrow’s opponents when he said: “They’ve brought in the boy from Manchester United who we were looking at. He had a good (full) debut last week.”

But when asked how close Wednesday came to signing Macheda, Jones replied: “We have been close to a lot of things. I don’t want to go into it, because there’s so much that’s been happening and has been going on.

“If you start throwing names about, people are disappointed because you haven’t got them.

“There are strikers who are still available and we’ll still try and do deals with them.

“We’ve tried to get players in. We’ll try again. But we have to cut our cloth accordingly and if you have to bring a striker in then it has to be better than what’s there.”

Jones confirmed that Swansea’s Leroy Lita has been on the radar for a long time: “He has been there with a lot of others.

“We have lost two or three that have gone to other clubs. We have had one or two in the building. But until you can afford them, there’s always been a problem.

“So we might have to change tack and look somewhere else. But we are continually looking and asking.”

Midfield player Stephen McPhail and centre half Roger Johnson are set for home debuts after their arrival last week and their first game of the season, at Birmingham.

Although they are only just beginning to build match fitness, Jones said: “They’re good players; they’ve played at this level and know what it’s about. Hopefully we’ll start to see the best of them.”