Vitoria centre-back Frederico Venancio is due to undergo a medical ahead of a loan move to Sheffield Wednesday according to The Star Sheffield journalist Dom Howson.
It’s being reported that it will be a loan move with the option to make it permanent next summer. Venancio was part of the Vitoria team which drew 0-0 to the Owls in pre-season. The move should be finalised today.
Venancio has represented Portugal at Under-20 and Under-21 level. The 24-year-old has played 134 times for the Portuguese club, and he’s scored seven goals for the club.
The defender has previously been linked with a move to a Championship rivals Leeds United, Reading and Derby County, however, he looks set to join Carlos Carvalhal’s team. He was also linked with a move to Greek giants Olympiakos in January, but nothing ever materialized.
Venancio said this on Vitoria’s website last night ” I thank the leaders of Vitoria FC for having understood how important it was for me to embrace this new challenge.
“Vitoria is in my heart, it’s part of me. That is why I chose to renew my contract for another three years.
He continued “I’m going to England, but I’m going to have the club and my teammates always in my thoughts.”
Sheffield Wednesday currently sit 19th in the Championship after two games. The Owls lost to Preston on the opening day, and they drew against QPR last Saturday. Carlos Carvalhal’s side face Sunderland tonight. The past two seasons have ended in heartbreak for Wednesday as they’ve narrowly missed out on promotion. But is this the year they get the promotion which has eluded them?