Owls miss out on duo
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sheffield Wednesday have shelved plans to sign Iain Hume and Maurice Ross.Sheffield Wednesday have shelved plans to sign Iain Hume and Maurice Ross.
The Championship club had agreed fees for both players but have been unable to concur on personal terms with Hume and Ross.
Tranmere Rovers striker Hume had been a prime target for Owls boss Paul Sturrock, who hailed the Canada international as the best forward his team faced last season.
The Owls had a £500,000 offer for Hume accepted but the deal has broken down due to the inability to settle on personal terms.
"The fee was agreed but, unfortunately, after several attempts to negotiate with the player's agent we could not come to an agreement," Owls chief executive Kaven Walker told the club's official website.
The deal for Rangers defender Ross has also fallen through due to the Scotland international refusing to lower his demands.
A fee in excess of £100,000 had been agreed between the clubs but Walker revealed The Owls have now ended their pursuit of Ross.
Walker added: "Maurice wanted us to match the salary he is on at his current club which falls well outside our budget."
Wednesday, meanwhile, have been dealt a blow by the news that youngster Andrew Talbot has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a stress fracture in his back.