Date: 2nd August 2011 at 10:46pm
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With the new npower League One season just a matter of days away, the race is hotting up for a new striker – and Adam Le Fondre and Benik Afobe are the two names being linked.

So what’s the latest position on the duo, and can we expect to see any, or both, in a Wednesday shirt at Hillsborough against Rochdale on Saturday?

Wednesday are definitely interested in Le Fondre, of Rotherham United, as reported on Vital earlier. The Millers have confirmed that they’ve turned down a bid, believed to be £200,000, from the Owls for their star striker.

The Owls are expected to go back with an improved offer for the former Stockport County man, although it’s unknown whether they will match the £500,000 Rotherham seem to be demanding.

Owls boss Gary Megson has already hit out at the valuation of one player, believed to be Cody McDonald, so the fact that the Millers are demanding over twice as much as Wednesday’s initial bid could well be problematic.

The desperate need for a new front man though, could mean Milan Mandaric, the Owls chairman, will pay over the odds for once as Wednesday look to achieve promotion this time around.

Leicester City and Coventry City have also been linked with Le Fondre.

As far as Coventry are concerned, they may well be a division higher than Wednesday, but money is tight at the Ricoh Arena, meaning it could prove difficult for the Sky Blues to match Rotherham’s valuation.

For the Foxes, Le Fondre’s name was mentioned to boss Sven-Goran Eriksson during a fans’ forum on Monday night. Eriksson then got Le Fondre’s name comically wrong when repeating it. City have big cash to spend but will aim higher than Le Fondre, with all respect to the player. A Vital source close to Leicester has told us he’s ‘99.9 per cent certain’ Le Fondre won’t move to the Foxes.

One thing Rotherham have said is that they expect some movement on Le Fondre’s future before the end of the week.

Afobe, a young Arsenal player, has only been linked with a move to Hillsborough today (Tuesday). He spent last season with Huddersfield Town, and although not setting the world on fire with his goal stats, he impressed at the Galpharm Stadium.

He’s nowhere near the Arsenal first team, clearly, but Arsene Wenger may want him to play for a Championship club next season after proving himself in League One.

Still, Wednesday are reported to be interested – the reports are coming from the national press based in London – and could swoop if no Championship side looks at the striker’s services.

Expect more news and rumours in the coming days…