Derby County complete signing of Johnny Russell
Championship news: Johnny Russell signs for Derby County from Dundee United
Johnny Russell was unveiled as a Derby County player on Monday after the centre-forward completed a medical with the east Midlands club.
Russell signed from Scottish Premier League outfit Dundee United for an undisclosed fee which is believed to be around the region of £750,000.
Rams manager Nigel Clough had this to say about the acquisition of Russell: "We're delighted to sign Johnny and his goalscoring exploits north of the border are something we've been aware of for some time". Clough added: "He's been prolific in the last few years and from what we've seen of him we believe he can transfer that form to the Championship".
Johnny Russell made 38 appearances for the Tannadice club last season in all competitions, scoring on 20 occasions, including his first career hat-trick against Kilmarnock in January and a brace against Rangers in a Scottish Cup match that resulted in a 3-0 victory for the Arabs.
He will already be the third addition to the Derby County squad this summer, joining Lee Grant and Chris Martin from Burnley and Norwich City respectively, as Nigel Clough and his men aim to improve on last season's 10th placed league finish.
Derby County weren't the only club looking to secure the Scotsman's signature, as Dundee United had previously rejected offers from Serie A side Catania and there were also rumours that Neil Lennon was keen on bringing Russell to Celtic Park.
If Russell was as cheap as it has been reported, his signing could be a real coup for Derby County, providing he continues the same run of form in England's second tier.
Dundee United though have now lost arguably their two best and most influential strikers after it was announced last month that skipper Jon Daly will don the blue of Scottish Second Division side Rangers next season, becoming the first ever player from the Republic of Ireland to do so.
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