Lee Bullen has explained why Sheffield Wednesday failed to bring last season’s player of the year, Michael Hector, back to the club from Chelsea.
Hector was strongly linked with a return to Hillsborough in the final few days of the summer transfer window for Premier League and Championship clubs.
But the Jamaican remained a Chelsea player after the deadline, as Wednesday signed the Hamburg defender, David Ball, on a season-long loan instead.
The Blues were said to want £5 million for Hector, who recently entered the final year of his contract with the club for whom he has never played a competitive fixture.
And, speaking via the Owls’ official Facebook page on Friday morning, the Sheffield Wednesday caretaker boss, Bullen, said:
I think Michael was always one that was on our radar. But I think it’s important that we work within guidelines. And unfortunately, it wasn’t one we were able to do.”
According to the Press Association journalist, Simon Peach, Hector came close to joining Fulham on Thursday and looks likely to do so when the window reopens in January.
The Owls were also reported to have bid for the Aberdeen centre-back, Scott McKenna – for whom the Dons were said to want more than £7m – much to the displeasure of the Scottish Premiership side’s manager, Derek McInnes.
And Bullen confirmed:
We were interested in the lad. But ultimately, I think when you look at the overall package of it and decide on it – and ultimately, Aberdeen didn’t want to sell in the end. So we move on. He’s an Aberdeen player. We won’t talk about it any more. We showed an interest. We made an approach. But ultimately, Aberdeen didn’t want to sell, which is fine. And I wish Derek McInnes and his staff and everything all the best.”
Bullen, who will continue to lead Sheffield Wednesday indefinitely after the departure of Steve Bruce, revealed that he also considered signing a natural left-back, before adding that he is relaxed about the Owls’ options in that part of the pitch, which also include the right-sided duo, Liam Palmer and Moses Odubajo.