WOLVES have quashed speculation over a loan move to Hillsborough for centre-half Roger Johnson.
The relegated Molineux outfit will not lend the defender to any of their Championship rivals.
Instead they want to recoup the bulk of the £4.5 million he cost from Birmingham and shed his £40,000 a week from the wage bill.
Wolves would not like to see him aiding rivals in the same division. A loan move probably also would entail them having to subsidise his salary during a temporary stay.
The Premier-League-scale finances involved almost certainly rule out a full transfer to Hillsborough and many other clubs for the defender who was an important player in Dave Jones’ Cardiff side.
Wolves want to sell him after his unhappy time with them since he moved from Birmingham on a four-year contract last summer. He left Cardiff in a £5m deal in 2009. Johnson is likely to be just one of many players that Jones, who was at last night’s Manchester Senior Cup match between United and City, is considering.
They include Johnson’s clubmate, Danny Batth, whose future is unclear but who could be regarded by Wolves as an asset in a squad that may be reshaped for life in the Championship, with relegation meaning a £30m fall in revenue.
Wednesday have asked about Batth, who has starred for the club on loan - but Mick McCarthy’s managerial successor, Stale Solbakken, is believed to be in the early stages of assessing the squad he inherited.
The Owls chances of signing Michail Antonio, another player who has been the subject of talks, may have been improved by Reading’s signing of another winger, Garath McCleary, from Nottingham Forest.
It could well have pushed Antonio further down the pecking order at the Madejski Stadium, with Royals manager Brian McDermott saying: “It’s important we have brought a player of Garath’s quality through the door. It’s an early signing for us, and a great one.
“We are absolutely delighted to get him. He’s young, he’s got an eye for goal, he’s very quick and has real energy.” That could also be a Wednesday fan’s description of Antonio.
The Owls’ 20-year-old midfield player, Liam Palmer, has been called up for a Scotland Under 21 training camp which will be held in West Kilbride from Sunday to Tuesday next week. He has played several times for the U-21s.
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