Sheffield Wednesday may move for Hartlepool United striker Howard again

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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.”