Gray hails versatile Leeds defender Lees’s arrival

Tom Lees, who has sealed a move from Leeds to Sheffield Wednesday.
Tom Lees, who has sealed a move from Leeds to Sheffield Wednesday.
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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY head coach Stuart Gray is delighted to have completed the signing of Leeds United defender Tom Lees, a player he has monitored since the end of last season.

The former England Under-21 centre-half, 23, who can also play at right-back, has signed a three-year deal with the Owls 
after joining for an undisclosed fee.

Gray, who has been frustrated by the lack of transfer activity pending the takeover of the club by Hafiz Mammadov, is relieved to have landed his third close-season capture after Kieren Westwood and Sam Hutchinson.

The Owls’ boss, who also re-signed Chris Kirkland, Glenn Loovens and Jose Semedo earlier this summer, said: “I’ve been taking a look at Lees since the back end of last season.

“He was recommended to me by our youth coach Neil Thompson. Tom is a good age at 23 and has played a lot of senior games.”

Leeds’s head coach Dave Hockaday, who confirmed his interest in Chesterfield defender Liam Cooper is over, says bolstering his back-four options is a priority after allowing Lees to leave.

He said: “I talked to (Lees) and it was very obvious to him and to me that it was the right time for him to move on. He feels like he needs a fresh start and his body language betrayed that to me at times. But he’s been as good as gold.”

Doncaster Rovers have re-signed club stalwart, 33-year-oldJames Coppinger, on a two-year contract, the deal made possible by funds being raised following the completion of James Husband’s £500,000 move to Middlesbrough.

The news seals a good week for manager Paul Dickov, who is also hoping to complete the signing of a goalkeeper before tomorrow.

Barnsley have completed the signing of Watford defender Reece Brown for an undisclosed fee on a one-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months.

The Tykes have also confirmed that Hull City left-back Joe Dudgeon, 23, has joined on a month’s loan.

Young Rotherham United trio Danny Rowe, Nicky Walker and Mitch Rose have all sealed loan moves.

Utility man Rowe and winger Walker have joined Wycombe Wanderers, with midfielder Rose signing for Crawley, all on three-month loans.