SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls warning as they chase player targets

Sheffield Wednesday's goal scorer Michail Antonio celebrates promotion following the npower League One match at Hillsborough, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 5, 2012. See PA story SOCCER Sheff Wed. Photo credit should read: PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Sheffield Wednesday's goal scorer Michail Antonio celebrates promotion following the npower League One match at Hillsborough, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 5, 2012. See PA story SOCCER Sheff Wed. Photo credit should read: PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

SHEFFIELD Wednesday are prepared to bide their time in the quest for new players.

But if they are failing to make significant progress with current targets then they will move on to others.

The Owls showed patience in their attempt to prise Michail Antonio out of Reading and are still trying to bring in three or four more players besides him.

Manager Dave Jones made the club’s stance crystal clear at his first formal pre-match press conference since the end of last season, at Middlewood yesterday afternoon.

It could also be interpreted as a warning to any clubs, agents or players who seem to be playing for time in an attempt extract more money from the Owls and drum up interest elsewhere.

He said that as with the case of Antonio and Reading, the Owls had held several discussions with clubs about their players:

“There’s a still a long, long way to go on a lot of the players we are trying to bring in.”

But he added: “If there are players available, we’ll wait for as long as we possibly can. If we feel it’s going nowhere, we’ll move on to other targets.”

Jones also revealed that Wednesday knew two weeks before David Norris signed for Leeds that he would not be coming to Hillsborough: “We started to look elsewhere.”

It is the first time that Jones has spoken about Norris - he is reluctant to name names or go into detail about targets in case it alerts other clubs.

So it is no surprise that he has refused to give nothing away in the case of forward Nicklas Helenius, from Aalborg, though the Danish club’s sporting director Lynge Jakobsen has been quoted as saying: “I have heard that Sheffield Wednesday have put in an offer for Helenius, but I will never share information about offers in the press.

“I will be sure to let everyone know if we complete a deal. But I do not expect him to play for Sheffield Wednesday.

“We are not negotiating with anyone right now, and it might be best for Nicklas to stay here.

“He can go on to become the leading scorer in this league and then he would have more offers to choose from.”

Jones’s response was: “There are a lot a players we are looking at.” More tongue in cheek, he added: “If he believes it (that Wednesday have made an offer), then who am I to disbelieve it?”

The Owls chief Jones also confirmed that six or seven more players could be going, after the exits of Rob Jones and Ryan Lowe, but more new players would have to arrive first.

“If we haven’t got the players in, we won’t be cutting our throats by letting players out,” he said.

Young striker Vadaine Oliver, who was released in the summer, has signed a one-year deal with Lincoln City.