Julian Börner is joining Sheffield Wednesday, according to claims coming out of Germany on Thursday.

The central defender currently plays for Arminia Bielefeld and had reached a verbal agreement with them to extend his contract beyond the end of this season.

A contract wasn’t signed, and since then he’s been approached by the Championship club. Having a long term desire to play in England, it’s all been too tempting for him to turn down.

Westfalen Blatt report the 28 year old has signed a contract with a club from England’s second tier.

Neue Westfälische report that the club is Sheffield Wednesday.

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Samir Arabi, sports director of the German club, has been quoted in an official statement: “We would have liked to have extended with Julian and the agreement was reached. Therefore, we are disappointed that in this case the given word does not matter. Nevertheless, we wish Julian all the best for his future in England.”

Börner has admitted he’s gone back on his word: “It is correct that the DSC and I had been verbally agreed for a long time about a further cooperation and yet no contract had been signed. Recently, I received a request from England, which I wanted to examine.

“Playing there has always been a lifelong dream of mine, which now fulfils itself for me. This change includes a sporting and economic component that I could not refuse. I am very sorry that I had to withdraw my pledge now. I had five wonderful years at the DSC. Bielefeld has become my home. I wish the DSC Arminia all the best and much success.”

This is being reported as fact in Germany and if the claims are correct an announcement can’t be too far away at Sheffield Wednesday.