Date: 14th October 2010 at 12:48pm
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Chris Turner has confirmed to the Sheffield Star that he’s part of a consortium that is ‘very close’ to completing a takeover of the Owls.

It’s the first time the former Owls player and manager, who was spotted at Hillsborough during the Owls’ 1-0 victory over Leyton Orient, has confirmed his position as part of the group interesting in a takeover of the club.

In an interview with the Star, Turner insists that a deal is ‘very close’ to completion and that an initial downpayment of £2 million could still be used to pay off an unpaid tax bill of £600,000 and lift the transfer embargo on the club before the end of the week.

It would mean Owls boss Alan Irvine would be able to try and bolster his squad ahead of Saturday’s trip to Yeovil in npower League One.

Former Leeds United, Charlton and Reading defender Sam Sodje, who has been training with Wednesday this week, is set to join the Owls as soon as the transfer embargo is lifted.

Owls chairman Howard Wilkinson announced last week that an unnamed party had agreed to pay £2m upfront to show their dedication to a full takeover of the club.

The cash has yet to come through but, although no comment has been made by the club, Vital understands that it’s hoped the money will be in place to pay off the £600,000 tax bill in a matter of days.