Joel Ekstrand would be ideal free transfer option for Sheffield Wednesday

Birmingham's Clayton Donaldson (L) in action with Watford's Joel Ekstrand

Sheffield Wednesday have signed two players from Watford in the past 12 months.

Watford's Joel Ekstrand aand Middlesbrough's Kike

Sheffield Wednesday are in need of bulking up their defence and falling in line with their recent transfer history with Watford, now free agent Joel Ekstrand could be an ideal option for the club.

The Owls have a recent history of buying players from the Hornets, what with Fernando Forestieri moving to Yorkshire last summer and Daniel Pudil following him on loan before his deal was made permanent.

The two players were key in Watford’s promotion in the 2014/15 campaign, and they almost repeated the trick at Wednesday only to be denied by Hull City in the Championship playoff final at Wembley.

Birmingham's Clayton Donaldson (L) in action with Watford's Joel Ekstrand

Wednesday have made great progress over the past 12 months, and now many supporters feel they are just three or four quality players away from going one better and earning promotion to the Premier League.

Another fullback, centre-back, winger and central midfielder appear to be on the list, and as far as defenders go one player who could be a potentially great addition is free agent Joel Ekstrand.

The former Udinese man has just been released by Watford (as reported by Sky Sports) following struggles with injury, but he seems to be on the mend from his lengthy knee problem and there is no doubt he is a top defender.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal celebrates after the game

The Sweden international made 100 appearances for Watford since 2013 and was another who helped the club to promotion in the 2014/15 campaign, before succumbing to injury.

The 27-year-old still has plenty of time on his side, and a potential link-up with former team-mates Pudil and Forestieri at Wednesday would be beneficial to all parties involved.

Beyond Glenn Loovens and Tom Lees, boss Carlos Carvalhal doesn’t have many centre-back options and he may not find a free agent of Ekstrand’s calibre elsewhere in the transfer market.

Watford's Joel Ekstrand (L) in action with Bolton's Craig Davies

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