Sheffield Wednesday: Signing Watford pair Almen Abdi and Daniel Pudil a statement of intent, says Kieran Lee

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Kieran Lee saysthe Owls would be sending out a real statement of intent to the rest of the Championship if they captured Daniel Pudil and Almen Abdi.

As revealed by The Star yesterday, Wednesday are close to bringing in the Watford pair on permanent deals.

It is understood the Owls have finally agreed a fee with the Hornets for Pudil, who impressed on loan at Hillsborough last campaign, making 42 appearances.

The Owls have been chasing left-back Pudil throughout the close season and are thought to be on the brink of completing the deal.

And attacking midfielder Abdi passed his medical on Tuesday night and the Switzerland international is believed to be on the verge of signing a three-year contract.

Despite playing 38 times for Watford last season, Abdi is thought not be part of new head coach Walter Mazzarri’s long-term plans.

Lee, who agreed a two-year contract extension yesterday, told The Star: “If they come in, it would be a big statement by the club.

“I’ve played against Abdi quite a few times. He’s a quality player who would improve the squad.

“Everyone knows what Daniel’s all about so hopefully we can get that sorted. He did brilliant for us last year.

“It just shows how ambitious we are that we are trying to sign players from the Premier League.”

Meanwhile, ex-Owls loanee Alex Lopez has joined Real Valladolid on a season-long loan deal from Celta Vigo. The midfielder featured prominently in Wednesday’s promotion tilt last term, playing 27 times. However, Lopez played no part in their Championship Play-Off final loss to Hull City.