One Pulis signing, whose relative played for Wednesday, won't be joining Owls; he's agreed move elsewhere
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One Pulis signing, whose relative played for Wednesday, won't be joining Owls; he's agreed move elsewhere

One of Tony Pulis’s Middlesbrough signings will not be coming to Sheffield Wednesday – at least not at this moment in time.

Pulis brought Rajiv van la Parra to Boro in January 2019, on a loan deal from Huddersfield.

Van la Parra played five times under the new Owls boss, before both men left the Riverside Stadium that summer.

The Dutch winger, whose cousin is the former Wednesday loanee Royston Drenthe, later joined Red Star Belgrade for around £1 million but became a free agent earlier this year.

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And despite reports linking him with a return to England this autumn – though there was nothing to suggest he was an active Owls target – Van la Parra completed a move to UD Logrones of the Spanish second tier on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, another two of Pulis’s former Middlesbrough players, Ryan Shotton and Rudy Gestede, have agreed moves to Melbourne Victory, according to Football Insider.

Shotton and Gestede, who were signed by Garry Monk at Boro, would link up with two ex-Wednesday players, Callum McManaman and Jacob Butterfield, in Australia.

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The Benin striker is unlikely to have featured on Pulis’s list of prospective Owls recruits, however, having accused the 62-year-old of leaving him out ‘for no reason’ at Middlesbrough.

Gestede enjoyed a successful partnership with Wednesday’s Jordan Rhodes at Blackburn Rovers.

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