COULD the Portuguese connection be about to be strengthened further at Sheffield Wednesday?
The current man of Portugal in S6, Jose Semedo, has done his stuff very successfully indeed in his opening 12 months in the blue and white stripes.
In fact, he’s going to be heading back ‘home’ with the Owls in July because, as part of the club’s pre-season build-up, they will be setting up a training camp in Portugal.
There is now speculation that Wednesday could be about to bring in one of Semedo’s fellow countrymen, Diogo Amado.
Like Semedo, he is a central midfield player but it may be that this is one with an eye more on a longer-term future.
Amado is 22 and the club may see him as someone to develop and ‘bed in’ to the English game probably via the club’s reserve/development squad which they have resurrected for next season. This season the club had scrapped their reserve team.
Amado, good enough to have played at all age group levels for Portugal and latterly at Under 21 level, began as a youngster at Semedo’s first club, Sporting Club de Portugal - the club we see tagged over here as Sporting Lisbon.
He never got to the first team but has been with fellow top flight club Uniao Leiria and played for them. This season they loaned him to Estoril in Portugal’s equivalent of The Championship.
He made some 20 appearances for them and helped them to promotion but is now out of contract.
Meanwhile, Wednesday have confirmed they have completed the signing of Oldham Athletic’s talented right back Kieran Lee on a three-year deal.
Reading winger Michail Antonio, who impressed during a four-month loan spell at Hillsborough last season, is relishing the prospect of playing in the Premier League.
“I’m definitely keen to take the next step at Reading,” he said. “I feel that I have proven myself in League One now, but I also feel that I can play at a higher level and if someone takes a chance on me and gives me the opportunity I can show people that.”