Football: Di Canio's agent flying to the Owls

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PAOLO DI CANIO'S agent is planning talks next week with Danny Wilson, the Sheffield Wednesday manager, and the club's chairman, Dave Richards, in an effort to resolve the Italian striker's future.

Di Canio and his midfield countryman Benito Carbone appeared to bear the brunt of Wilson's outburst following his side's lethargic and inept performance in the embarrassing 1-0 home defeat by Cambridge in the Worthington Cup in midweek.

Although not directly naming the two Italians, Wilson criticised the commitment of certain players, whom he described as "self-indulgent" and "detrimental to the team".

Moreno and Matteo Roggi, the father and son partnership who act on behalf of Di Canio, are flying into Sheffield for talks with both Richards and Wilson.

Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, has ruled out a bid for Alan Shearer after the Newcastle and England striker's agent was spotted watching the London team this week.

"Shearer is a great player but I think at the moment it's important to keep the door open for Anelka as first choice because he is only 19-years- old," Wenger said.