Sheffield Wednesday: Owls snap up Tom Lees

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Sheffield Wednesday have made their third signing of the summer with the acquisition of defender Tom Lees from Leeds United.

The former England Under-21 international has joined the Owls for an undisclosed fee, having become surplus to requirements at Elland Road.

Michail Antonio fires in a shot as Wednesday bid for a late equaliser

Michail Antonio fires in a shot as Wednesday bid for a late equaliser

The 23-year-old, a graduate of Leeds’ youth system, has penned a three-year deal.

Lees said: “This is a massive football club steeped in top-flight history for most of its existence and I can’t wait to get started.

“I’ve spoken to plenty of players who have played for Sheffield Wednesday and they can’t speak highly enough of the place.

“Obviously, that has a big bearing on your decision and it’s great that so many people in the game speak so well of this club.

“It is a massive decision leaving a huge club who I’ve played a lot of games for.

“I’ve been there since the age of eight. It was a massive decision for me and one that I didn’t take lightly.

“It is a big step in my career.”

Speaking after last night’s 1-0 friendly defeat to Newcastle United, Owls head coach Stuart Gray said: “I’ve been monitoring him since the back end of the season.

“He was recommended to me by our youth coach Neil Thompson. He is at a good age at 23. He has played a lot of league games. He is a ball playing centre-back. I want to play out from the back. He will be good competition for Glenn [Loovens] and Kamil [Zayatte].”

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

Gray added: “On the ball, Tom doesn’t panic. He will play out from the back. He’s got good reading of the game. He’s an honest player. He’s got many years in front of him.”

The Owls chief hopes to bring in further recruits this week. He will sit down and make a decision on trialist Dejan Kelhar but he has admitted Roy Contout, formerly of Sochaux and Auxerre, will feature in their final warm-up match away at Barnsley on Saturday.

“Roy is a wide player who can play the No 10 role,” said Gray. “We will have another look at him against Barnsley.

Jeremy Helan faces up to six weeks on the sidelines after hurting his groin but goalkeeper Keiren Westwood will resume training today.

Ayoze Perez’s second half strike condemned the Owls to a 1-0 defeat last night but Gray insisted: “It was a good workout and we played very well at times.

“We just didn’t convert our chances. We got punished by a very good side.