Wolverhampton Wanderers have confirmed the signing of defender Roger Johnson for an undisclosed fee from Midlands rivals Birmingham.
The 28-year-old, who becomes Mick McCarthy’s third signing of the summer following the arrivals of Jamie O’Hara and Dorus De Vries, passed a medical on Monday and has signed a four-year contract with the club.
Wolves CEO Jez Moxey is delighted the club have managed to sign one of their major targets, and told the official Wolves website: "We are pleased to have signed what we believe to be an excellent player who represents good value for money for us.
"He fits the bill perfectly - a British centre back in his prime, one with Barclays Premier League and cup winning experience, a vocal, determined, leader type who has played consistently well for a long time.”
Johnson started his career at Wycombe Wanderers, where he became captain at Adams Park before moving to Cardiff in 2006. He won the club’s player of the season award twice in three years whilst with the Bluebirds before moving to Birmingham City for £5 million.
In his two seasons at St. Andrews, Johnson played every Barclays Premier League game and also picked up a winners medal in the Carling Cup when he helped his side to a shock win against Arsenal at Wembley last season.
Moxey confirmed that Johnson had been in their sights for several seasons, but admits Leicester City new-boy Matt Mills briefly replaced him as their top defensive target this summer.
"We tried to sign Roger two years ago when he moved from Cardiff to Birmingham, and have been tracking him ever since," said Moxey.
"As soon as Birmingham were relegated we started negotiations and these went on for a long time, but it got to a stage where we looked like we might not be able to sign him.
"At that point we started talking to Reading about Matt Mills, but it soon became apparent to us that Matt Mills was unlikely to represent the value for money player we wanted.”
Johnson will today face the press with his new boss McCarthy at the Compton training ground before taking his first training session with his new teammates.
- More from Wolves' new signing and their happy manager later on Givemefootball.