Date: 8th August 2007 at 4:55pm
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Wednesday boss Brian Laws has revealed he hopes to have a deal tied up for Blackburn striker Francis Jeffers in time for the Owls’ clash with Ipswich this weekend.

Laws has been trying to sign a new number nine throughout the season and has been out of luck with a number of hitmen including Billy Sharp, Grzegorz Rasiak, Kenwyne Jones and Patrick Kluivert.

But the Owls boss is hopeful that the former Arsenal and Everton fox in the box can re-ignite his career in the Championship with Wednesday, and put pen to paper on a deal to face former club Ipswich for the Owls’ opener this weekend.

‘At times in the past Francis seems to have sacrificed his career for the sake of staying in the Premier League,’ Laws told PA Sport:

‘He got the big-money move from Everton to Arsenal and has never quite managed to kick on from there.

‘He’s probably never played more than 10 to 15 Premier League games in a season but if he joined us he would get that regular first-team football that any player needs.

‘Now is the time for him to take some positive action for the benefit of his own career. He’s perhaps stayed at certain clubs too long, rather than move on to somewhere new even if that meant dropping down a division.’

Blackburn have already agreed to let Wednesday speak to Jeffers in a deal worth around £700,000, but it’s though wage demands could force Laws to continue his striker search elsewhere, after the 26-year-old turned down a deal at Championship rivals Ipswich at the end of last season.

Laws added: ‘Francis has played for and scored for England, and we all remember the comments from Arsene Wenger about him being a ‘fox in the box’.

‘His goalscoring ability is still there; it just needs to be harnessed in the right way.

‘Part of that involves playing regularly and maybe the time has come for Francis to realise he has to move to a Championship club to do that.’

And the Owls gaffer insisted he’s hopeful that a deal can be sorted out in time for Jeffers to pull on the famous blue and white stripes at Ipswich Town this Saturday.

He added: ‘We’re hopeful of signing Francis in time for Saturday.’