SHEFFIELD Wednesday could be ready to reignite their interest in Hartlepool United striker Steve Howard, with top transfer target Kevin Davies having signed for Preston North End.
The 36-year-old – released by Bolton Wanderers at the end of last season – was thought to be at the top of Owls boss Dave Jones’s summer wishlist.
But Davies has now penned a two-year deal at League One side Preston despite interest from several Championship clubs.
Jones will now turn his attention elsewhere in search of a striker and Howard, who spent the back end of last season on loan at Hillsborough, is set to come into the equation.
The 37-year-old did not feature in Pools’ recent tour of Holland, watching from the stands during both matches.
But Howard did train with his team-mates in the Netherlands and manager Colin Cooper says that his omission from the games was as a result of injury.
“We’ve been pushing Steve but he got a niggle,” explained the Pools boss.
“I had a long chat with him and I said it wasn’t worth risking it, even for 20 minutes.
“But he’s been working hard and his attitude has been top class.”