Carlos Carvalhal finally got his man in a club-record deal on deadline day.

Carlos Carvalhal has told BBC Radio Sheffield that Adam Reach is a player who can “be on the top” following his move from Middlesbrough to Sheffield Wednesday.

The Owls landed Reach in a club-record £5 million deal in the final hours of the summer transfer window.

However, according to Carvalhal, the 23-year-old was on his radar before he even arrived at Hillsborough in summer 2015 – as his old assistant coach, Carlos Cachada, is part of Boro boss Aitor Karanka’s backroom staff. 

When asked what sort of impact Reach could have in South Yorkshire, Carvalhal told BBC Radio Sheffield: “Reach to me is a fantastic player – a player than can be on the top, in my opinion.

“I followed him especially because I have my ex-assistant coach working with Karanka in Middlesbrough, so we followed Middlesbrough in that moment two seasons ago.

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“I must tell you that is the player I most appreciated in Middlesbrough two seasons ago. After, when he moved to Preston he did again very well. I followed him and we followed him again and he’s a player we put in our targets since the beginning.

“We had a chance to bring him now and we are very happy. In this period we don’t really have a left winger to play wide and with a left foot. He is a really, very, very talented player.”

Carvalhal later played down the fee paid for Reach – which surpassed the £4.5 million spent on Paolo Di Canio in 1997 – claiming the winger was one of five or six players who “add value” to his team and suggesting the Owls could potentially triple their money later down the line.

However, the Portuguese reaffirmed that it is not the club’s intention to sell anyone.

Wednesday go into Saturday’s home fixture against Wigan Athletic hunting only their second win of the new season.

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