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International ace checks in

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19:23 11th January 2014

 

Sheffield Wednesday have signed American international defender Oguchi Onyewu on a free transfer.

 

The towering stopper has signed a short term contract that runs until the end of the current campaign.

 

Onyewu began his career with French outfit Metz in 2002 before enjoying two loan spells in Belgium with La Louviere and Standard Liege, moving to the latter on a permanent basis in 2004. He was swiftly named in the Belgian elite XI as well as scooping the Foreign Player of the Year award.

 

Awards continued for Onyewu, who was then voted USA Soccer Athlete of the Year and attracted interest from a raft of European clubs.

 

The stopper moved to Newcastle in the Premiership on loan before returning to Belgium to extend his stay with Standard Liege, leading the team to a second consecutive league title.


Onyewu continued to impress and signed a three-year deal with Italian giants AC Milan in 2009 but suffered a knee injury that limited his game time in Italy.


He left Milan to join Dutch champions Twente on loan in 2011 before moving across Europe to sign for Portugese outfit Sporting Lisbon, helping the club to the semi finals of the Europa League in his maiden campaign.


The 31-year-old then moved on to Spanish side Malaga on a temporary deal, storing Champions League football along the way. He came back to England last summer to sign for Championship promotion favourites QPR and left Loftus Road on the expiry of his contract this week.

 

Onyewu has a wealth of experience on the international stage with USA having posted 68 caps – scoring six goals - and playing in the Gold Cup, Confederations Cup and ultimately, the World Cup.