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Sheffield Wednesday are plotting a move for former Oldham man Paul Murray.

Murray headed to Portuguese side Beira Mar last summer, but the move did not pan out as planned and he has set his sights on a return to England.

The midfielder's former club Oldham appeared favourites to land his signature, with manager Ronnie Moore confirming his interest, but the Boundary Park club have not tabled a firm offer and this could well let Wednesday nip in.

Reports are suggesting Owls chief Paul Sturrock is ready to make an offer to Murray in the hope of bringing the talented midfielder to Hillsborough.

Sturrock, meanwhile, has handed a new deal to Glenn Whelan.

The midfielder was a fixture in the Wednesday team last term and scored in the play-off final win over Hartlepool.

Sturrock has rewarded the 21-year-old with a deal which ties him to the club until the summer of 2008.

"We're delighted that Glenn has signed," Sturrock told the club's website. "It's important in his development as a footballer that he has a home for the next three years. I'm sure he will go on to be a top quality player."

Whelan added: "I'm delighted, especially after how well we did last season. I'm still only young and I think the manager wants to try and get a basis of young players and bring them through.

"I don't think anybody would want to leave the club, and to be offered a new deal is great for myself and my family."