Sheffield Wednesday have completed their first signing of the January transfer window, bringing in Joey Pelupessy from Heracles Almelo on a permanent deal.
The defensive midfielder’s contract with the Dutch club was due to expire in the summer, and several clubs were reportedly interested in him, including Major League Soccer side New York City FC.
However, Pelupessy becomes Jos Luhukay’s first signing as Wednesday boss, and will add a more tough-tackling role to the midfield. He also provides more support in a central midfield which has struggled with injuries to key players this season, including Sam Hutchinson and Kieran Lee.
The 24-year-old Dutchman was named club captain at Heracles before this season, having spent three years at the club after signing from FC Twente. He made over 100 appearances in the time he spent at the Eredivisie side.
He might not be the last player Wednesday sign from the Netherlands this month, with reports in De Telegraaf this week suggesting that The Owls are keen on Feyenoord left-back Miquel Nelom, who’s made six appearances in the Dutch top flight this season but could be on the move.