Börner could become Sheffield Wednesday’s first summer signing.

The Arminia Bielefeld captain, Julian Börner, will sign for Sheffield Wednesday, according to NW.de.

Börner is out of contract at the 2.Bundesliga side this summer, allowing the Owls to acquire his services without having to pay a transfer fee.

In a statement, Arminia confirmed that despite having reached an agreement to extend his deal the 28-year-old will leave them for an unnamed English club, which NW.de understands to be Sheffield Wednesday.

And Börner, who is said to have turned down a move to Norwich City two years ago, has since claimed to have received an offer ‘I could not refuse’.

“It is true that Arminia and I verbally agreed on a new contract some time ago, but so far I haven’t signed it,” explained the left-sided centre-back, as quoted by NW.de. “In the short-term, I received a request from England, which I wanted to examine thoroughly. Because playing there has always been a lifelong dream of mine, which I can now fulfil. The offer includes sporting and economic components that I could not refuse.

“I am very sorry that I had to withdraw my pledge. I had five wonderful years at Arminia. Bielefeld has become my home. I wish the Arminia all the best and much success.”

Sheffield Wednesday have already seen two players in Börner’s position – Michael Hector and Daniel Pudil – depart since the end of the Championship season , although the Owls still hope to retain the former player’s services after his return to parent club, Chelsea.

The German began his career at Energie Cottbus before joining Arminia – who are ninth in the table with two games remaining – in 2014.

He has made close to 150 appearances in his country’s second tier, but has yet to experience top-flight football.

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