Chris Kirkland set for Sheffield Wednesday move

Chris Kirkland during a Barclays Premier League match at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton.
Chris Kirkland during a Barclays Premier League match at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton.
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday have made a major move to strengthen their squad with a deal for goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.

The 31-year-old, who has one senior international cap for England, will sign a two-year contract at Hillsborough.

The England cap began his career with Coventry City and soon became one of the most sought after young shot-stoppers in the country.

Premiership giants Liverpool paid £6m for his signature and he played a key role in the Reds’ Champions League group games of 2004-05 before they lifted the trophy in Istanbul.

Kirkland enjoyed loan spells with West Brom and Wigan and signed a permanent deal with the Latics, going on to make 120 senior appearances for the North West side.

He scooped the Players’ Player of the Year and Media Player of the Year awards in 2007-08.

Internationally, the 31-year-old won eight caps for the England Under-21s and was a regular feature in the senior squad thereafter, earning his maiden full cap against Greece.

Kirkland said: “This is a fantastic move for me and I am delighted to be here.

“Everybody saw what happened at Hillsborough on the last day of the season and to think that I will be part of that is really exciting.”