Sheffield Wednesday: Dave Jones plays down striker link

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dave Jones has refused to confirm or deny an interest in Jason Scotland, who has been released by Ipswich.

The 33-year-old is one of several strikers to have been linked with the Owls during their bid to bring in two new forwards before next Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Jones refuses to identify targets but has outlined some of the frustrations that have cropped up, while also not ruling out sudden ins or outs.

“One player we spoke to has gone to another Championship club; he got paid up (by his previous club), and it was done.

“We’re in the mix (for players) but at the moment it’s about the clubs who are prepared to pay that extra that we can’t go to.

“It’s about location as well. Believe it or not, not everybody wants to come to Sheffield Wednesday. There are other options.

“We went for a player not so long ago; we thought we had him, then one of the other players at his club got injured, and we didn’t have him.

“We were interested in Ross Barkley, but all of a sudden we got outmanoeuvred by Leeds because they could pay closer to what he earned than we could.”

Wednesday have lined up a deal for Barcelona loan striker Rodri to go back home, to another Spanish club, and sanctioned a loan move to Southend for young forward Caolan Lavery.