Jones weighs up Fowler move

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Dave Jones continues to be the subject of an intriguing link with Robbie Fowler as Sheffield Wednesday look to harness at least one signing to their promotion charge.

Chairman Milan Mandaric is clearly ready to back the push and, in so doing, make a big statement of support in his undefeated new manager.

Whether Fowler is a serious runner remains uncertain, but it was evident during a frustrating 2-2 draw with Walsall on Tuesday why a clinical finisher of his type is on the radar.

Ryan Lowe failed with a series of chances during a pivotal first half, raising question marks over his position that were not removed by his later goal - albeit a reward for persistence - in what should have been an unnecessary scramble to retrieve a point.

This was against a background of ongoing speculation involving ex-Liverpool and England striker Fowler (who played before under Jones at Cardiff), Crystal Palace forward Scannell - unlikely considering his late midweek winner against Barnsley - and also Jason Koumas, another with links to the Owls boss.

For Jones, the careful balancing act is to add to Wednesday’s armoury without disturbing the impetus of a six match unbeaten run.

But he insists: “We’re trying to bolster the squad. We must have made 30 to 40 calls over the last few days.”

Although the team’s normal rugged edge was ruffled by Walsall on Tuesday, the emphasis is on adding a tough of matchwinning quality that could prove crucial in the run-in - or the play-offs.

In Fowler’s case, his terms would be based on performances and impact. It’s hard to see him being a 90-minute man at 36 but the odd burst from the bench might be hugely beneficial. Jones has played it down, but it shows the target area.

With John Bostock returning to Spurs and talk of Barnsley’s Keith Hill renewing an interest in his former Rochdale striker Chris O’Grady, which can’t be dismissed following another goal from the preferred Gary Madine, there is scope for Jones to put his first stamp on the team other than coaxing the more expansive approach that has brought 11 goals in his first four games.

Wednesday go to Leyton Orient on Saturday with a chance to leapfrog rivals United for second place.