Patient Owls getting ready for January sales

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday have not yet begun their search for January transfer targets, vice chairman Paul Aldridge has revealed.

Aldridge, speaking at an intimate fan’s forum at Hillsborough on Tuesday evening, also revealed that he discusses the prospect of relegation from the Championship “daily” with chairman Milan Mandaric - but believes that manager Dave Jones has not lost the backing of the dressing room after a run of six straight defeats.

Jones’ charges, currently second bottom of the Championship with 15 points from 20 games, entertain Bristol City at Hillsborough on Saturday.

The visitors sit just one place above The Owls, on goal difference.

Jones is sweating on the fitness of centre half Anthony Gardner for the Bristol clash - but is confident in the abilities of Martin Taylor, the 6ft 4in defender he brought in from Watford.

The giant defender is one of a number of players brought in by Jones that have divided Owls fans with their performances. Another, Jay Bothroyd, is sidelined with injury. He is scheduled to return to his parent club QPR in January.

Aldridge, who revealed that the permanent transfer of Mark Beevers to Milwall is almost complete, acknowledged that not all of Jones’ signings have worked out well, and that the Owls manager realises this.

But Mandaric is expected to make funds available to strengthen The Owls in January.

This newspaper understands that a budget remains in place for signings and wages, and anything above that amount will have to be financed by Wednesday’s Serbian owner.

Much also depends on who Wednesday can move out in the January transfer window, and Mandaric has already had tentative enquiries regarding some Owls players.

One player who is expected not to leave, however, is Liam Palmer.

Aldridge also revealed that the club have contacted the player’s agent with a view to negotiating a contract extension.

The youngster is currently on loan at League One side Tranmere Rovers, and has made 22 appearances so far this season for Ronnie Moore’s table-topping side.

Wednesday, meanwhile, have been allocated 3,900 tickets for their trip to Huddersfield Town’s John Smiths Stadium on December 29.

Tickets are priced at £27 for adults, and £17 for over 60s and full time students.

Under 16s can get in for £12, and Under 8s for £10.

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