Owls close on Watson
By Peter fraser
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sheffield Wednesday are closing in on West Brom's Steve Watson.
Brian Laws believes the 'know-how' of Steve Watson will solve Sheffield Wednesday's defensive problems.
The Owls conceded 66 Championship goals last season, but Laws believes the club experienced a vast improvement when Watson arrived on loan at the club in February.
Laws is close to bringing Watson back to Hillsborough on a permanent basis on a free transfer from West Brom, as the Wednesday boss plots for start of the new season.
"The thing that Steve Watson will bring to the team is know-how, the knowledge of how to win games," Laws told the Sheffield Star.
"He doesn't falter. He made a big impact for us last season whether he was in midfield or at the back, and gave us an extra edge."
Watson will join Richard Hinds, who has recently signed for the Owls from Scunthorpe, at Hillsborough as Laws looks to solve his defensive headache.
"We needed to strengthen our squad defensively," added Laws.
"We've now done that, and have more options.
"It's going to be an interesting pre-season, everybody is vying for places and there's nothing fixed at the moment.
Laws also revealed the Owls have tabled a bid for an undisclosed striker and that the club are awaiting an answer.
Full-back John Hills, who was released by Wednesday, has signed for a third spell at Blackpool.