SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Dave Jones keeps options open

In contact: Wednesday manager Dave Jones
In contact: Wednesday manager Dave Jones

SHEFFIELD Wednesday manager Dave Jones says the club is in negotiations with a ‘list of players’ as he looks to strengthen his squad for Championship football.

After leading the Owls to promotion Jones has made a priority of securing the services of last season’s loan trio of Michail Antonio, Nile Ranger and Keith Treacy but has a variety of alternatives if his first choices decide to play elsewhere.

Speaking on local radio this weekend Jones said discussions between Wednesday and Antonio’s parent club Reading haven’t stopped since the winger returned to Berkshire.

He said: “Negotiations are on going. Paul (Aldridge, Wednesday’s chief executive) is in constant contact.

“But at the moment they’ve got a player and they don’t have to do anything with him at the moment. They may be looking to part exchange him somewhere else and getting the best value.

“We’re in constant contact with them and we know that Michail would like to join us, but he’s also at a club that is in the Premiership. We’ll keep chasing that one until there’s a definite yes or a no.”

Newcastle United striker Ranger and Burnley wide man Treacy are also being pursued by Jones. But he admitted that he has a backup plan if he is unable to agree a deal with the duo.

“If there’s good players about I can assure the fans that I’ll be trying to get them. The good thing is that we got promoted automatically so we could start working on players from that day.

“When you’ve gone up through the play-offs you lose three weeks because you don’t know what division you’re going to be in.

“You’re talking to two types of players then. One set who’ll be with you if you stay in and didn’t get it (promotion) and others if you did. Players will always go with a definite rather than a possibility.

“We are fortunate to get in early and there’s a list of a lot of players we have spoken to. We’ve asked, and we’ll work our way down.

“If we’ve missed our priority number one we’ll go for number two and and number three. And that’s what we’ve been doing.”