Sheffield Wednesday: Owls close to signing Watford duo Daniel Pudil and Almen Abdi

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Sheffield Wednesday are close to completing the double signing of Watford duo Daniel Pudil and Almen Abdi, The Star can reveal.

It is believed the Owls are edging nearer to reaching a financial agreement with the Hornets regarding left-back Pudil.

The Czech Republic international has been on Wednesday’s radar for some time, having enjoyed a productive loan spell at Hillsborough during the 2015/16 campaign. Pudil, who’s contract expires at Watford next summer, played 42 times in Wednesday’s promotion tilt.

Several Championship clubs have kept close tabs on Pudil over the summer but it appears the Owls have won the race to sign the experienced defender.

And talented midfielder Abdi is even closer to joining Wednesday on a permanent basis.

It is understood the 29-year-old underwent a medical at S6 last night.

The Owls have reportedly agreed a fee of around £3m for Abdi and he will sign a three-year contract if the deal goes through.

The Albanian-born Swiss international, who joined the Hornets initially on loan from Udinese in 2012, is well regarded at Vicarage Road. He has racked up 130 appearances for the Hertfordshire club, including 38 outings last term as Watford secured an impressive mid-table finish in the top-flight.

But new head coach Walter Mazzarri has deemed Abdi surplus to requirements. He has only played in two of Watford’s pre-season fixtures and is said to have returned to England early from the Hornets’ training camp in Austria. He was not involved in Saturday’s goalless draw against Anzhi.