Sheffield Wednesday: New arrival targets Premier push

New Owls defender Darryl Lachman

New Owls defender Darryl Lachman

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Centre-back Darryl Lachman has set his sights on a Premier League push after becoming Sheffield Wednesday’s first summer signing.

Managerless Owls snapped up the 25-year-old from Eredivisie outfit FC Twente for an undisclosed fee yesterday after he passed a medical on Wednesday night.

Several English clubs were believed to be interested in Lachman, who started his career with Ajax.

Fresh from penning a two-year contract with the Championship club, the Curacao international is relishing the prospect of helping Wednesday realise their top-flight ambitions.

He told The Star: “The club wants to get in the Premier League so we will be targeting the top six. If I wasn’t confident about the plans, I wouldn’t sign for this club. I am ambitious and want to help the club reach the Premier League. The Championship excites me and the plans of the club going up higher makes me excited.”

Lachman played for FC Groningen and Zwolle before joining FC Twente in 2014. He said he learned of Wednesday’s interest three weeks ago while away on international duty.

“It has always been my dream to play in England,” he stressed. “Before I went to FC Twente, I wanted to go to England, but I thought the step was too big for me. I was close with a club but I thought it was a big step for me and that’s why I chose FC Twente at the time.”

Lachman will meet his new teammates for the first time when the squad reports back for pre-season training on Wednesday, July 1.

The Owls, meanwhile, are still pursuing Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper regarding their vacant head-coach job, but have yet to reach an agreement on a compensation package.

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