Four reasons reported Sheffield Wednesday signing ticks Owls' boxes

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It was reported on Monday that goalkeeper, Ben Hamer, is ‘set to join’ Sheffield Wednesday this summer.

Radio Sheffield journalist, Rob Staton, said on Twitter that the 36-year-old was Hillsborough bound as Danny Röhl looks to bolster his options between the sticks, and there is more than one reason why it makes sense for the club.

The first, of course, is that he’s an experienced shot-stopper who can bring plenty to the goalkeeping department for the campaign ahead – especially given they don’t have a non-teenage keeper signed for next season – but that’s not the only thing.

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One element that might come in handy is one that may not be well known, and that’s the fact that he speaks fluent German. Hamer moved to Germany at the age of three, and can therefore offer a helping hand to boss, Danny Röhl, and Sascha Lense if they’re ever in need of some translations on the training ground.

Meanwhile, he’s also got direct links to two members of staff on Röhl’s technical staff, with the former Leicester City man having been Chris Powell’s number one at Charlton Athletic when they won the League One title in 2012 – playing over 100 games for the Owls assistant between 2011 and 2014.

And last but not least, Hamer worked with Wednesday goalkeeper coach, Sal Bibbo, during his days at Reading where he got his break as a youngster, so those two – who’d be working very closely at Middlewood Road – have some history too.

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There has been no official word on the Owls’ pursuit of the ex-Watford man as his contract at Vicarage Road comes to an end, however it may well be that he’s to become the club’s first signing of the summer.

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