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Sheffield Wednesday sign former Real Madrid star Royston Drenthe

1 September 2014

Sheffield Wednesday have signed former Real Madrid star Royston Drenthe on loan from fellow Championship club Reading.

The speedy wideman will stay with Wednesday until 2 January 2015.

Drenthe brings a wealth of experience to Hillsborough having represented a host of high profile clubs, not least Spanish giants Real.

The 27-year-old joined the Bernebeu side in 2007 for €14m after rising through the academy ranks to post 37 appearances for Dutch big hitters Feyenoord.

The forward went on to play 65 games for Real during his time in Spain, incorporating loan spells with La Liga outfit Hercules and Premier League Everton.

He switched to Russian top flight club Alania Vladikavkaz in February 2013 before returning to England, where he signed for Reading.

Drenthe has international pedigree too having made 17 appearances for the Netherlands’ Under-21s, including the 2007 European Championship final in which the Dutch lifted the silverware.

The winger, who can also drop deep in the left back role, went on to play for both the Holland ‘B’ and senior international team.

With Wednesday now having entered the first international break of the season, Drenthe will be eligible for his debut when the Owls travel to Bolton on 13 September.

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