Derby County have this afternoon confirmed the signing of long term target Johnny Russell from SPL side Dundee United.
The striker has moved to Pride Park on a four-year contract for reported fee of £700,000, although this remains ‘undisclosed.
After having three offers rejected for the forward, Derby manager Nigel Clough has finally landed his number 1 transfer target and had to fend off late interest from SPL champions Celtic for his signature.
The 23-year old was in fine form last season, scoring 20 goals before ending the season injured and completed his medical today at Moor Farm before finalising the move.
Russell was delighted at a move to England, and stated on his Twitter account:
“Derby pushed the boat out for me and made me feel wanted. There was no doubt in my mind I was going to sign. I’m delighted.”
“I love scoring goals and hope I can do it for Derby. The fans have been amazing on Twitter. I hope I can reward them on the pitch.”
Derby County chief executive Sam Rush stated:
“It’s a great signing and we’re delighted. A lot of hard work has gone in behind the scenes to bring Johnny to Derby County.”
“Johnny is an exciting signing and we’re pleased with our summer work so far. It’s a positive statement to sign Johnny Russell.”
The Rams are constructing a strong squad capable of competing for a playoff place next season and Russell joins fellow signings Lee Grant and Chris Martin at the club this summer.