Jose flies in for Owls

London date: Jose Semedo
London date: Jose Semedo
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JOSE Semedo has flown out to the Owls’ base in Austria after becoming their fourth summer signing.

But it was a journey by Gary Megson that paved the way for the midfield man to choose Wednesday and keep their player hunt on track after he rejected a new deal at Charlton.

Megson explained: “Rather than just speak to him on the phone, I jumped on a train at Chesterfield a few weeks ago and went to meet him in London. We spoke for an hour and I caught the train back.

“From the moment I met him, I thought he would be good for us, not only as a player but as a person.

“We spoke about what I saw as his role in the team; I told him what the club mean to me, and hopefully he realised that he would be coming to a club who want to go places.

“He knows Nicky Weaver really well; he’d spoken to him, and in Jose’s chat with me it just sounded as if he really wanted to come to us, if we could get everything sorted, though he also had other options.”

The 26-year-old has signed a three-year Hillsborough deal.

Megson added: “I’ve seen him play over the years. We also had good scouting reports on him, and Alan Pardew [Newcastle’s ex-Charlton manager] gave a good recommendation to Paul Aldridge [vice-chairman].”

The Wednesday boss remains keen on Leicester’s Lloyd Dyer.