Scottish Premier League

McFadden set to sign for Well

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Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:17:00

Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones claims there is no substance to reports linking him with Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi.

It has been suggested that the Owls are among those considering an approach for a man being heavily linked with a move away from St James' Park.

Ameobi has slipped down the attacking pecking order at Newcastle and has just a year left to run on his current contract on Tyneside.

Alan Pardew has also admitted to being in the hunt for a new frontman this summer, which would further restrict the 31-year-old's first team opportunities.

Whether he does move on during the summer window remains to be seen, but Jones insists there is no chance of him ending up at Hillsborough.

He has been left bemused by some of the transfer rumours doing the rounds, with the Owls in no position to finance the kind of deals being discussed.

He told the Sheffield Star on the Ameobi link: "I don't know where people keep getting these names from.

"One minute it is Kenwyne Jones and the next it is Shola Ameobi.

"People keep linking us with players who are at clubs with far bigger wage bills than ourselves. It is absolutely ridiculous."

The Dons are due also due to face Malahide United and Shelbourne during their week-long trip and got off to the perfect start at the UCD Bowl.

An early strike from Josh Magennis set the Scottish Premier League side on their way before Jonny Hayes added a second on the half-hour mark.

Niall McGinn struck for the Reds - who included former Scotland cap Barry Robson but not new signing Nicky Weaver - just after the break while Peter Pawlett wrapped up a convincing victory with a goal three minutes from time.

Ross County, meanwhile, also secured a 4-0 triumph as they saw off Highland League outfit Nairn County at Station Park.

New Dutch strikers Kevin Luckassen and Darren Maatsen netted either side of goals from Ivan Sproule and Steven Ross, while the Staggies also fielded fellow new recruits Ben Gordon, Steven Saunders and Marc Klok.

Also, ex-Dundee United and Aberdeen midfielder Mark Kerr and David Louhoungou - formerly of Hamilton - were among five trialists who turned out for Partick Thistle in their 0-0 draw with Livingston at the Energy Assets Arena.

The 48-time capped Scotland forward is out of contract at Fir Park after he returned to his boyhood club for a six-month spell last season.

The former Everton, Birmingham and Sunderland playmaker signed for Well in January in a bid to prove his fitness after three years of injury troubles but left McCall waiting while he weighed up his next move.

However, the Steelmen's boss says the 30-year-old, who scored a penalty in Motherwell's 4-2 defeat to Newcastle this evening, is due to put pen to paper tomorrow.

McCall said: "He will be in tomorrow to sign.

"I'm led to believe it's going to happen and, if it does, it will be another good addition to the squad.

"Once he's done it, it will be a shot in the arm for the fans."

McFadden appeared against Alan Pardew's men as a second-half trialist, but by the time of his arrival after the interval his team were already behind to goals from Haris Vuckic, Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko, with just Iain Vigurs' opportunistic strike to show for their first-period efforts.

McFadden soon reduced the deficit with a clever penalty but the youthful Magpies outfit again showed their class with a fourth from substitute Sylvain Marveaux as they wrapped up a comfortable win.

The home side started without new signing Stephen McManus but did include seven-time capped Estonian international Henri Anier as a trialist, and McCall said he would take another look at the striker in training.

The 22-year-old, registered with Norwegian side Viking FK, came close with an early shot over the bar, saw another effort blocked by keeper Robert Elliot after doing well to latch on to Simon Ramsden's launched ball over the top, and was then denied for a second time when his fierce shot was pushed away midway through the second half.

McCall said: "He could have scored in the first couple of minutes and then had another couple of decent efforts. He has got a good scoring record and we will look at him again over the next couple of days."

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