Some Sheffield Wednesday fans’ fears were realised on Thursday as Fulham announced they had signed the Owls’ reigning player of the year, Michael Hector.

Hector, for whom Wednesday did pursue a permanent transfer after his loan spell in the summer, was rumoured to have been close to joining Fulham on deadline day.

And he is finally a Cottagers player, effective immediately, although he is ineligible to feature until the window reopens in January.

Hector’s Chelsea contract was due to expire at the end of this season and the Jamaican could have therefore left for free in 2020.

But according to The Daily Express, Fulham have ‘coughed up’ £8 million for his services.

If true, it is no wonder that Wednesday were unable to do a deal and further highlights the bargain the Owls got with Julian Börner – a free transfer arrival from Arminia Bielefeld.

The Owls later loaned in David Bates from Hamburg and also have Tom Lees, Jordan Thorniley and Dominic Iorfa capable of playing in Hector’s position.

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