Sheffield Wednesday: New-boy Dielna issues promise to Owls fans

Claude Dielna signs on the dotted line for Sheffield Wednesday
Claude Dielna signs on the dotted line for Sheffield Wednesday
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French defender Claude Dielna has pledged to give everything for the cause after signing a three-year deal with Sheffield Wednesday.

The 26-year-old, who recently left Greek giants Olympiakos, joined the Owls on a free transfer, subject to international clearance, just hours after Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Championship leaders Nottingham Forest.

Dielna, primarily a centre-back, has previously represented French clubs Lorient, Istres, Sedan and Ajaccio in his career, lifting the French National title with Istres.

With Owls captain Glenn Loovens ruled out of the trip to Bolton Wanderers after accruing his fifth yellow card of the season, Dielna could make his debut following the international break.

He tweeted: “Thanks for the warm welcome. I am very happy to be here and I will always give 100 per cent.”

There is a strong possibility Wednesday boss Stuart Gray will bring in further reinforcements before the summer transfer window shuts at 11pm tonight. He is keen to capture a new wide player and striker.

Midfield duo Sam Hutchinson and Kieran Lee are nearing first-team returns, having missed the last three matches due to back and groin injuries respectively. Gray said Hutchinson might need to see a specialist but he expects the former Chelsea youngster to be in contention to face Bolton.

The Owls chief, who quashed talk of former Everton and Manchester City manager Joe Royle coming in as Director of Football, gave Toffees loanee Hallam Hope his debut as a second-half replacement against Forest. The 20-year-old forward, recruited on a youth loan until January 1, has yet to make a senior appearance for Everton.

Gray said: “Hallam is one we have been aware of for a while. He is a very talented player and he scored goals on loan at Northampton and Bury last season.

“We are grateful to Everton that they have allowed him to come out and ply his trade with us. Hallam has gone out of his comfort zone and was willing to get some game time with us.”