Sheffield Wednesday legend targets Owls defender as free agent signing? – Nigel Pearson linked with Tom Lees move

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Tom Lees will no longer be a Sheffield Wednesday player come July 1st, and apparently a former Owl is keeping a close eye on him.

According to reports from Bristol Live, the Bristol City are considering a move for Lees once he becomes a free agent, with Nigel Pearson seemingly eager to try and bolster his backline after a tough 2020/21 campaign – he’s apparently after two centre backs ahead of the restart.

Lees has been a great servant to Wednesday since his move from Leeds United back in 2014, making almost 250 Championship starts for the club and twice playing his part on getting them to the brink of the Premier League.

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Now though, with the 30-year-old’s contract coming up alongside that of several other long-serving players, the decision has been made to call time on his Hillsborough career as he goes off to take his next step somewhere else.

Huddersfield Town have already been linked with Lees, and it’s unlikely that he’ll be short of options given his wealth of experience and the reputation that he’s built up for his exemplary attitude and professional behaviour. The Robins are the latest name linked, but there’s likely to be several others keeping close tabs on what happens when his deal expires come July 1st.

Lees is one of 10 that were released by the club at the end of the 2020/21 season on the back of relegation into League One, and while Joost van Aken (Zulte Waragem) and Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield) have already found clubs, many remain on the hunt for their next destination.

Tom Lees will leave Sheffield Wednesday at the end of June. (Pic Steve Ellis)Tom Lees will leave Sheffield Wednesday at the end of June. (Pic Steve Ellis)
Tom Lees will leave Sheffield Wednesday at the end of June. (Pic Steve Ellis)

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