Sheffield Wednesday: Owls linked with Arsenal defender

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday’s link with Arsenal defender Ignasi Miquel is likely to be the first of many this month as Dave Jones hunts for new signings.

The Owls manager never divulges the names of targets but has admitted that he has been making various inquiries and “a lot of things” have been going on behind the scenes.

If he wanted any information on Miquel and was pondering a loan move for him then he would be well placed, with his former Hillsborough assistant Terry Burton heading the Gunners’ development and reserves set-up.

Miquel is a 20-year-old Spaniard who came through the Arsenal youth set-up and plays at centre half or left back.

He has made nine starts for the Gunners, all but one in the FA Cup or League Cup.

His two first-team appearances this season have been in the 6-1 Capital One Cup win against Coventry, in which he scored his only senior goal, and the 7-5 defeat of Reading in that competition.

Last season he made his full Premier League debut against Liverpool - when he is said to have had a good game against Andy Carroll - and had outings from the bench against Everton, Manchester City and Swansea; he also played as a sub in the Champions League against Olympiakos.

He was in the Spain Under 19 team that won the European Championship in 2011.

Speculation about Miquel comes after some uncertainty cropped up over Wednesday’s own Spanish defender, Miguel Llera, who is at a contract impasse with the Owls but is under contract until the summer and cannot go this month unless the club say so.

The back four could be subject to change today for the FA Cup tie against MK Dons, with Reda Johnson having served his one-match ban, but Jones would have no qualms about fielding Joe Mattock at left back again if Johnson is kept out by a sore foot.

Jones said: “Joe played well against Burnley. He had waited for his chance and didn’t let anybody down.”