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Owls sign former Real Madrid midfielder

Wednesday's transfer deadline day highlight was the signing of former Real Madrid and Everton midfielder Royston Drenthe.

The 27-year-old attacker has penned a loan deal until January from Reading and was the Owls' only further addition on transfer deadline day.

The signing came out of the blue with no local or national media organisations linking Wednesday with the midfielder's services before the deal was announced.

He will add some flair to Stuart Gray's squad and arrives in South Yorkshire with the experience of having played for Spanish giants Real Madrid as well as Dutch club Feyenoord and Premier League side Everton.

He moved to Russian club Alania Vladikavkaz before moving back to England to sign for Reading but the Royals currently do not see him as part of their plans and have let the Owls snap-up the Dutchman on loan.

Drenthe could make his Owls debut in the next Championship match against Bolton Wanderers on September 13.




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Date:Monday September 1 2014

Time: 11:48PM

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He'd clearly hit that proverbial brick wall at Reading; no squad number, free to leave during the summer etc. The Adkins Diet was obviously making him ill. This might be seen as a gamble on our part but I'd like to think the details of a permanent move are already in place if Royston buys into Stu's work ethic, team spirit and I dunno, responds favourably to having a Dutch skipper. I'd hate to think he became a roaring success over the next 4months only for Leicester or somebody to snap him up for 1m come January. Of course, we all want him to become a roaring success anyway. I just don't see why Reading should cash in - again :0)
OurMaurice
Well at least Mr Mandaric has drip fed us over the past week or so with three signings and fingers crossed we can find a way of building on the decent start. A creative midfielder is what we have been craving for years Roy must go for it now and become another one of our cult heroes. When the takeover was hitting its first delay quite a few weeks ago I did sarcastically remark that it would be complete at just turned 11pm on transfer deadline day and that we would have to settle for getting players fit again for other clubs in the loan market. Well 50% right probably looking at the January deadline day now lol onwards and upwards UTO. I am afraid that Mr Mamadov is showing us very little respect and I can not see that he could possibly be the right man to hand over too as Mr Mandaric has said all along. I would be happy now to put the for sale sign back up. Mr Mamadov is the right man because 40 million smackers was going into Mr Mandaric's back pocket and good luck to him but really is this guy treating us with any respect at all thinking about it now the dust has settled I think not. Keep progressing in the top ten and open the door to a few more interested parties.
andymac-scoresagoal
I'd be amazed, and a shade concerned, if Big Mamma's takeover went through now. On the other hand I'm hoping this delay together with our positive start might have convinced MM that a vibrant and optimistic club is more attractive to would-be buyers than perennial strugglers with a loyal but disgruntled fan base. I've been pleasantly surprised by the business completed over the past few days. We have a decent looking squad now, get this international break out of the way and I'm looking forward to Stu & co taking up the challenge once more.
OurMaurice
A wave of optimism is what I'm feeling, last year's start was a disaster. Stu the Gray is definitely the man, so different than a certain controller
Brighton Owl
so the take over is officially OFF. Desperation was the name of the game for Mandaric who was convinced this was the right guy to hand him 40 million smackers. his bull***** was smelt by me months ago. mind you Mamadov got a cheap shirt sponsorship deal out of it. Can't wat to hear from Mandaric on this one. will he convince us again he will only sell to the right man again Money speaks boys
andymac-scoresagoal
I was holding back in case news of 'the collapse' had it's own article... Well, it will now. Guaranteed! Anyway, back to the story. The trouble I frequently have with MM is that I don't necessarily believe every word he says. I usually start off accepting these statements of his as gospel but then the doubts creep in. He's mentioned Big Mamma's 'vision' for our club a few times, and how it 'excited' him. But he never shared any of it with us. Maybe he thought he'd be stealing his successor's thunder, I dunno. But I wanted to hear/ read (still do) promises of major investment, an intention to return our club to the top table after so many years of let downs and frustration, about plans to redevelop our beloved stadium and generally raise the global profile of Sheffield Wednesday FC. Ambition, in other words - backed by sufficient funds to get cracking. But time passed and we heard nowt, except one statement denying that our would-be leader had been arrested back home. There was plenty of negativity coming out of France and suddenly it was all about 'Better The Devil You Know'. I'd always believed that MM would do everything to protect his investment. And even though he's made a few mistakes since taking over I'd like to believe he's learned from each of them. But I DON'T believe it was ever his intention to return our club to the Premier League even though (from the outside at least) it would surely pay dividends on his investment etc. No, I suspect it's all about profit margins and NOW. So far that's meant treading water and establishing ourselves in the Championship. Okay, now some might argue that that in itself is progress but I'd insist that treading water is preferable only to drowning. The way forward is learning to swim. Thankfully (and I'm so-o grateful for this) we seem to have the best possible coach in place and he and his staff have grasped the nettle (as such). How far he can go might ultimately depend on the support he receives from above. So once again, the ball is in MM's court.
OurMaurice
Watched the replay on YouTube about a dozen times and I still don't know why the ref penalized Nuhiu for May's goal. Saying that he were giving Bowton a free kick everytime Atty got near the ball. Maybe he'd just come back from his hols in Austria where one particularly tall waiter had given him a hard time. I dunno. Madine might've fared better against that defence (unless the ref has a thing about blokes wearing alice bands an' all) given half an hour instead of the usual ten minutes. Still - not bad all told. Drenthe looks useful, we managed another clean sheet and the players would probably benefit if Stu gets the stick out when he thinks they deserve it. So roll on Brum I say, and some more payback!
OurMaurice
 

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