Young’s delight at Owls deal

Milan Mandaric
Milan Mandaric

Sheffield Wednesday’s new signing is hoping that Luke Shaw’s World Cup pedigree will rub off on him as he prepares to begin his career at Hillsborough.

Defender Matt Young, who signed a one-year deal with Wednesday earlier this week, played alongside young England star Shaw while at Southampton, and he said: “I came down to Wednesday and had a trial, played in games against Coventry and Barnsley and thankfully I’ve done enough to impress.

“I’m really pleased to be here. Everyone has made me feel welcome, training was lively and games were good.

“Southampton have some extremely talented players and when you play and train alongside them, they obviously rub off on you.

“I’ve played with players who pushed on into the first team there including the likes of Luke and Calum Chambers, and good luck to them.

“But now I’m happy to be here and to take my own path.

“I want to get a good pre-season under my belt, show the gaffer [Stuart Gray] what I can do and try to get in his thoughts for the start of the season.”

Wednesday, who also signed young central defender Ed Sanders from Stoke City, continue to be linked with Gavin Gunning, the Dundee United defender who rejected a new contract at Tannadice.

But although Gray was believed to have been interested in the Irishman at some stage, that has now cooled and a deal to bring him to Hillsborough seems unlikely.

Meanwhile, negotiations with Azerbaijani businessman Hafiz Mammadov aimed at completing a takeover of Wednesday are at an ‘advanced stage’.

Mammadov - the founder and chairman of the Baghlan Group, which specialises in oil, gas, construction and transportation - already owns RC Lens, who were recently promoted to Ligue 1, and Azerbaijan side FC Baku.

He also has shares in Portuguese giants Porto and Spanish champions Atletico Madrid. It was Mammadov who helped set up Azerbaijan’s sponsorship agreement with the Champions League finalists, which sees promising young footballers from the country enjoy coaching sessions with Atletico.

The Owls, and chairman Milan Mandaric, have so far refused to comment.