SHEFFIELD Wednesday last night pulled off a beat-the-deadline swoop to land QPR’s Jay Bothroyd and closed in on completing a deal for Watford’s Martin Taylor.
It marked the climax of Dave Jones’s quest to sign another striker and a centre-half, and he could add a midfield player to his squad when the market for emergency loans opens in a week’s time.
Bothroyd has been signed on loan until January 2. The Owls were last night pressing to seal the full transfer of Taylor for an undisclosed fee before the August transfer window closed.
Jones has now signed 14 players this summer, although one of them, Diogo Amado, made a swift return to Portugal.
Mike Jones and Giles Coke became the latest fringe players to be offloaded when they left yesterday, Jones in a full transfer to Crawley, Coke on loan to Swindon.
The Star revealed last month that Bothroyd was a loan target for the Owls, who at the time were unsure whether he could be prised away from the Premier League.
His signing looks another coup for Dave Jones to follow the arrivals of players such as former England keeper Chris Kirkland and Barcelona striker Rodri.
Bothroyd, aged 30, was signed by Jones for Cardiff from Wolves for £350,000 in 2008 and won an England cap by playing as a sub in a 2010 friendly against France.
He spent three years with the Bluebirds and joined QPR last summer on a free. He has also played for Coventry, Perugia, Charlton and Stoke.
Taylor, 32, another player with extensive Championship experience, has played for Blackburn and Birmingham and made his Watford debut against Wednesday in February, 2010, after joining them on a free.
The Owls are recouping some of the £75,000 they paid to Bury for Mike Jones in January. Crawley’s manager is Richie Barker, who was his boss at Gigg Lane. The winger has signed a two-year contract. Coke will be at Swindon until January.