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Tuesday, August 3, 1999 Published at 10:44 GMT 11:44 UK


Sheff Wed: Beni bust-up

Simon O' Donnelly of Celtic and Scotland is one of four Wednesday signings

Sheffield Wednesday manager Danny Wilson has been unable to make any big-name signings during the close season due to lack of funds.

But with four new names and five consecutive pre-season wins, the Owls will be hoping to improve upon their mid-table position last year.

Belgian striker Gilles de Bilde from PSV Eindhoven and 6ft 3ins forward Gerald Sibon from Ajax have joined Wednesday for a combined fee of 5m.

The Hillsborough club have also been joined by Celtic pair Phil O'Donnell and Simon Donnelly, who arrived on free transfers.

Wage demands

But the club has yet to resolve the future of Italian star Benito Carbone.

Voted the fans' favourite last season, Carbone has been transfer-listed by the club after refusing to sign a new contract in a row over wages.

The 27-year-old will continue training in the reserves until the dispute is resolved - or he is sold.

Wilson is pointing to a less visible Owls player to transform Wednesday's fortunes - Wim Jonk.

Playmaker Jonk had a quiet time last season but his talents wil be crucial in releasing Sibon and De Bilde, whom he knows from their shared time in Dutch football.

Last season: Twelfth

In: Gilles de Bilde (PSV Eindhoven, 3m), Gerald Sibon (Ajax, 2m), Simon Donnelly and Phil O'Donnell (both Celtic, free)

Out: Dejan Stefanovich, Matt Clarke, Guy Whittingham



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