Sheffield Wednesday: Maguire in Bolton talks

Chris Maguire
Chris Maguire

Chris Maguire could be heading to Bolton Wanderers this summer after turning down a new contract at Sheffield Wednesday.

The versatile forward, who bagged eight goals as the Owls finished 13th in the Championship last season, was one of five players offered a new deal last month.

But sources close to Maguire have disclosed that he has knocked back Wednesday’s reduced-terms offer and has held talks with the Trotters over a possible move.

It is understood Bolton boss Neil Lennon is a big admirer of Maguire, who moved to Hillsborough three years ago from Derby.

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The 26-year-old has made 79 league appearances for the Owls, hitting 18 goals. When Stuart Gray was in charge, he expressed a desire to remain a Wednesday player.

Speaking after their 2-2 draw at Bournemouth, he said: “I am enjoying my football and loving it here. I would be happy to stay. The boys are brilliant and so is the manager. It (contract situation) is out of my hands.”

Should the Scot decide to move to Lancashire, he will joined by Gary Madine. The striker, released by Wednesday at the end of last season, is expected to be confirmed as Lennon’s first summer addition when the transfer market reopens next month.

Meanwhile, the Owls remain in dialogue with Mark Cooper’s representatives as they continue to reshape their footballing structure. They are considering making a formal approach for the Swindon Town boss, with the Robins likely to demand a six-figure compensation fee.

Carlos Carvalhal has agreed personal terms with Wednesday and will be coming in in some capacity. There is a chance the Portuguese coach will be general manager and that the Owls may try to entice Cooper to South Yorkshire by offering him the head coach job.

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