Sheffield Wednesday: Owls set to sign Lees

Tom Lees, left, is poised to move to Hillsborough.
Tom Lees, left, is poised to move to Hillsborough.
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Sheffield Wednesday are on the brink of signing Leeds United defender Tom Lees.

The Star understands the Owls, who are keen to strengthen their centre-back options, have been in dialogue with the 23-year-old’s representatives in the last 48 hours over a potential move to Hillsborough.

It is understood Leeds head coach David Hockaday is willing to let Lees leave Elland Road as he has lined up Chesterfield defender Liam Cooper as a replacement. Although the former England Under-21 international has two years left on his contract, Lees is thought not be part of Hockaday’s first-team plans and is reportedly set to sign a three-year contact with Wednesday. There may be no transfer fee involved in the deal.

Speaking after Tuesday’s victory over Swindon, Hockaday said: “I’m hearing a lot of things about Tom. I`m not so sure where we are so let`s see what tomorrow brings.

“If he stays then I`ll be delighted. If he goes and it`s right for him to go then I`ll be delighted for him. But he`s Leeds through and through.”

Lees, a product of Leeds’ youth system, has been on their books since the age of eight, amassing 123 league appearances for the West Yorkshire club.

However, he played no part in Leeds’ draw with Chesterfield last weekend or in yesterday’s friendly against Swindon Town. Lees, who can be deployed at centre-half or right-back, was also left out of the squad sent to Northern Ireland for a clash with Glenavon tonight.