Last week, Wolves Manager Kenny Jackett confirmed that talks had started for the permanent move of Mike Williamson to Molineux.

However, now it has emerged that Wolves are struggling to come up with an acceptable wages package according to The Mirror, and Sheffield Wednesday are now set to try and seal a deal.

The Yorkshire club are only two points (five points better off than Wolves) and one place off the Championship play-off placings and with injuries to Tom Lees and Michael Turner, need another central defender to help maintain their promotion push.

Mike Williamson’s wages wouldn’t be a problem for the Owls, taken over by Thai owners last year they are in a far better financial position than Wolves, who are still looking for a buyer.

Wolves had conceded nine goals in the three matches before Mike Williamson arrived and then in his five game stay they only conceded three.

Williamson had picked up man of the match awards in his handful of games and won praise all round for the job he’d done in helping to sort out the Wolves defence.

Sky Sports reported last week that a fee in the region of £250,000 was set to be agreed and with Mike Williamson’s contract ending in June, there wouldn’t be the option for Wolves to try for another loan deal.

Kenny Jackett 31 December 2015:

“It is early days and there are no conclusions yet but there have been discussions. We were pleased with him on loan and he is someone we are interested in.

“Nothing has been concluded in terms of what Newcastle want to do and discussions are at an early stage. He is still recovering from his hamstring injury and we would estimate he is still a fortnight away from full fitness.”

It would be very ironic but not in an amusing way, if Sheffield Wednesday made their way into the Premier League with Mike Williamson’s help, whilst Newcastle headed in the other direction. Not that of course I am suggesting United keep Mike Williamson!