Megson keeps loan market as option

Picture Bruce Rollinson
Picture Bruce Rollinson

GARY Megson will explore the loan market as well as trying to land players whom the Owls can call their own.

He has already made one inquiry about an undisclosed target who could be available on loan.

The Wednesday manager said: “Nothing is decided or undecided [on loans].

“Ordinarily, loans don’t happen until just before the season starts, which isn’t ideal for us.

“But I have spoken to a manager because he has a player he won’t sell, and we couldn’t afford [to buy him].”

But a loan deal could be considered. “There are possibilities,” admitted Megson

This may not be the only inquiry of its type for Wednesday this summer - depending how their search for full signings goes.

Megson has targeted nine players, six would be free transfers, and three would cost fees.

He has already used the loan system to good effect, signing Rob Jones and Danny Batth to play an important part in tightening up the team defensively this season.

The two centre halves are thought to be on his list of summer targets but that has not stopped him also being linked with Claude Davis, who has been released by Crystal Palace, and Macedonian centre back Vance Sikov, though Megson has said all his targets are British.

Megson refuses to comment about specific players. He could, however, be targeting Jason Koumas, the Wigan midfield player who is on loan at Cardiff.

Koumas’s contract at Wigan expires this summer. He was signed by Megson for West Brom and was in the Baggies team that went up from the Championship in 2004.

Megson will want to sign at least one midfield player and is looking to inject extra quality into his squad.

Scunthorpe boss Alan Knill has said he expects Wednesday to ask about a full deal for Rob Jones: “The indication is that they are quite happy with him, so I would expect us to have some sport of communication with Wednesday.

“Whether we will be asking a fee for him, I’m not sure; that’s not really my shout.”

But it is thought that the Iron would look to recoup some of the £350,000 that Jones cost from Hibs two years ago.