Owls confirm Proudlock offer

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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY have confirmed that they have made an offer to take striker Adam Proudlock on loan from fellow Division One side Wolves.

The 21-year-old recently completed a month's loan spell at Division Two side Tranmere Rovers and manager Chris Turner has eyed the youngster as a possible addition to his struggling Owls squad.

Wednesday's communications manager Steve Chu confirmed to planetfootball.com that an enquiry has been made about the availability of Proudlock.

Chu said: "Chris (Turner) has confirmed that we made an offer to take Adam Proudlock on loan and that is ongoing at the moment."

The Owls have been struggling for goals this season and Turner is keen to bring in a fresh face up front.

However, Chu could not confirm nor deny that one of their striking targets is Derby County hit-man Deon Burton, who was linked in local reports with the Hillsborough club.

Chu added: "We've being linked with a number of players at the moment but we're not commenting on any individuals because we have been linked with so many names."

Burton handed in a transfer request to The Rams late last week after the East Midlands club rejected a bid from Division One leaders Portsmouth for the Jamaican international.

The Pride Park club have since rejected Burton's transfer request and manager John Gregory has admitted that Pompey would have to improve their offer in order to bring the striker back to Fratton Park.

Gregory told Derby's Evening Telegraph: "We have considered Deon's transfer request and turned it down.

"We had a small offer from Portsmouth that we rejected.

"If Portsmouth want the player that badly, then they will increase their offer."

Meanwhile, Ipswich Town manager Joe Royle revealed that he failed in his attempts to get Sheffield Wednesday striker Shefki Kuqi on loan.

Royle admitted that his attempts to bring the Finnish international to Portman Road were dashed when Turner insisted on a player swap involving Town's Tommy Miller.

The Suffolk club were not prepared to let Miller go and in the end, the deal for the in-demand Kuqi was scrapped.

Royle told the East Anglian Daily Times: "I tried to get Kuqi but they (Wednesday) wanted Tommy (Miller) and we were not going to allow that to happen.

"I know Shefki well from when he played at Stockport and he is someone I would have liked to have got, maybe something can still be worked out but that doesn't look likely at the moment."

The Owls boss also rejected a loan bid from Pompey for the Scandinavian hit-man last week, claiming that his experienced players are not available for temporary moves.