Owls beat Nottingham Forest and Bolton to star signing, claims report

Sheffield Wednesday reportedly beat two Championship rivals to the signature of Lewis Baker on loan from Chelsea.

Sheffield Wednesday beat competition from two rival clubs to sign Lewis Baker, according to a new report.

The teenager joined on loan from Chelsea this week, his first move away from the club.

The Mail write: "Chelsea starlet Lewis Baker has joined Sheffield Wednesday on loan after they won a three-way tussle for his signature with Bolton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest."

Baker's addition is a real coup, with the midfielder regarded as one of the country's brightest talents.

An England under-20 captain, he was previously singled out by Jose Mourinho as one of three youngsters who he claimed would go onto represent the Three Lions at senior level, and if he didn't the Chelsea boss would feel like he had failed.

Baker brings with him a prolific goalscoring record at under-21 and under-18 level for Chelsea, last season netting crucial goals as Chelsea won the under-21 title and the FA Youth Cup.

His addition on loan has the potential to be a real game-changer for Wednesday compared to the two teams they beat, if Baker is able to translate his form at Championship level.

Just five points separate Wednesday, Forest and Bolton, who sit 10th, 11th and 15th in the Championship respectively. Forest are only one point behind the Owls.

Signing Baker gives them an edge over their competitors, and will give Stuart Gray's side more options as they strive to make an unlikely play-off push, currently sitting six points off sixth.

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