Sheffield Wednesday: Owls look at French striker

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday are giving a trial to French former Reading striker Mathieu Manset.

The 23-year-old scored in a 4-2 win against Blackpool in a private reserves game at Middlewood yesterday.

Manset played for the second half as a substitute and is having a few days’ trial with the Owls.

He is a free agent after leaving Swiss club Sion, who signed him from Reading last summer.

The Royals bought him from Hereford two years ago in a deal that with add-ons could have been worth up to £400,000. While with Reading, he had a loan spell at Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

Manset is the latest in a series of Wednesday trialists to spend some time with the club. Former Real Sociedad and Ajax forward Jeffrey Sarpong was released last week.

Another trialist, former Newcastle youngster Jonathan James Hooper, netted the final goal yesterday after going on as a sub.

Chris Maguire took the eye with two goals and looked sharp and eager.

Maguire has been the subject of some speculation, as he has been out of the first team and would have had a spell at Portsmouth earlier in the season had he not got injured.

The side yesterday also included Joe Mattock, Paul Corry, Nejc Pecnik, Rhys McCabe, Gary Madine and Jermaine Johnson, who made way for Manset at half time. Maguire put the Owls ahead from a Johnson pass then they came from 2-1 down to win.

Danny Mayor, yet to establish himself in the senior side, has joined Southend on a month’s loan.