Done deal: Defender signs after Sheffield Wednesday settle terms

By Alex Stevens

Tom Lees has signed a new Sheffield Wednesday contract, it was announced on Monday night.

The club revealed on their official Twitter account that the centre-back has committed to a five-year contract after agreeing terms.

Lees, 25, has been linked with numerous Premier League clubs this summer but has signed with the Owls until 2021 after speaking at length to chairman Dejphon Chansiri.

The extension will replace his current deal, which was due to expire in 2019.

““I spoke to the chairman and he has big ambitions for Sheffield Wednesday and I’m delighted to be part of it,” Lees said, as quoted by the official Wednesday website.

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“I’m really happy here and like any player, I want to play in the Premier League. I am convinced we can achieve these ambitions together.

“We have made a commitment to each other and I am looking forward to helping Wednesday make the progress that everyone at the club wants.”

Burnley and Sunderland have been most strongly linked with Lees, while the Sheffield outfit’s Championship rivals Derby have also been credited with an interest in him.

It is a major coup for the Owls, who reached the play-off final last season, that they have persuaded the highly-sought after centre-back to extend his stay.

Since arriving from Leeds in the summer of 2014, Lees has been one of the mainstays of Wednesday’s defence over the past two seasons. He has featured 91 times, weighing in with three goals.

In other Sheffield Wednesday news, the club’s big rivals Leeds are closing in on a new midfield signing.