Owls' return possible for Ranger
Sheffield Wednesday are looking to sign Nile Ranger permanently from Newcastle after a successful loan spell at Hillsborough last term.
The Magpies have already made it clear to the striker that he has no future at the Sports Direct Arena after a series of problems off the field, but Owls boss Dave Jones is prepared to offer him a platform to live up to his potential in South Yorkshire.
United are willing to slash in half their £1m asking price for Ranger, but it remains to be seen whether Wednesday are willing to meet those demands following their recent promotion to the Championship.
The Magpies would certainly insist on a sell-on clause to insure them against the possibility of him fulfil his promise elsewhere.
If a fee can't be agreed between the two clubs, a season-long loan could be in the offing for the forward who still has four years to run on his existing contract with Newcastle.
Barnsley, who also took the 21-year-old on loan last season, are another club interested in signing him but they would struggle to match his wages.
Ranger - who sustained a serious cut to his arm after falling from a fence last week - is now ready to move on after accepting that his career had stalled in the North-East.
Pressed on his future earlier this month, Ranger told an Internet TV show: "I don't know what is going on (with my future).
"It was a good feeling at Sheffield Wednesday, getting games and getting them promotion.
"I want to play, I don't want to be rotting on a bench and missing out here and there. Obviously I've got four years left at Newcastle and I don't want to just sit down and get money, I want to play.
"Whatever team comes for me, I hope it's high up there in the Prem or the Championship - at a high level - I want to go there."