Date: 17th June 2010 at 12:34pm
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Wednesday boss Alan Irvine has confirmed his interest in Preston North End striker Neil Mellor – but the hitman could be priced out of the Owls’ budget.

Mellor, son of former Owls player Ian, is out-of-favour at Deepdale and Irvine, who managed the striker during his time at the Lancashire club, has long been linked with his services.

And now the Wednesday boss has confirmed that he’s interested in signing Mellor – if the price is right.

‘Neil is obviously a player I know very well,’ he told the Sheffield Telegraph.

‘He’s a goalscorer and we’ll need them. The situation is that Preston have made it known they don’t want him but he’s not out of contract and they’re hoping to get a fee for him.’

Irvine has one of the better budgets to work with in League One next season wage-wise, but cannot afford to splash out transfer fees on new recruits.

He’s still on the lookout for a striker to complement Marcus Tudgay and recent arrival Paul Heffernan.

And he’s set to make contact with North End to find out how much they want their striker – who is still under contract at Deepdale.