SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Antonio poised for Owls move

Sheffield Wednesday: Owls news, reports and more.
Sheffield Wednesday: Owls news, reports and more.

SHEFFIELD Wednesday and Reading are understood to have agreed a fee for Michail Antonio.

The next step would be talks on personal terms and a medical.

If, as seems likely, a deal is completed then it will end a summer-long saga in which the Owls also had bids of £350,000 and £700,000 for the winger rejected.

Chairman Milan Mandaric said after the clubs had talks in Portugal recently that Wednesday would be making a third attempt.

Now it appears that agreement has been reached - welcome news for fans who thrilled to Antonio’a exploits in last season’s promotion.

It is sure to be a big talking point as supporters gather at Hillsborough for the friendly against West Brom today.

Lewis Buxton is due to play for at least some part of the game - his first outing since his shoulder operation in May.

The team could also include trialists, with Marlon Harewood and Spanish midfielder Gorka Larrea already at the club, and another player having been due to come in from abroad.

Manager Dave Jones has confirmed that a decision on striker Harewood is likely to be made in the next few days.

Harewood has spent the whole of pre-season with the club but Larrea, from Numancia, has been training at Middlewood for only a week.

Jones has said that Buxton is on schedule, though he did not play in earlier friendlies: “we knew the time frame and that he would be ready to play around now.”

Jones also said that any new trialists could be given more than a brief chance to impress, with the club possibly looking at them in training over two or three weeks.

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

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