FORMER Huddersfield Town striking target Johnny Russell has signed with Derby County.
The Rams paid £750,000 for the Dundee United academy product who scored 20 Scottish Premier League (SPL) goals last season.
The 23-year-old was on Huddersfield Town's radar after the sale of Jordan Rhodes to Blackburn last August.
Town were then mulling over a bid in the region of £600,000 for the man who went on to score 20 goals in the SPL last season.
It transpired in Scottish media reports that Town eventually had a bid of £1.25m turned down for Russell and his wing colleague Gary Mackay-Steven
Despite recent interest from the SPL champions Celtic, Reading and Serie A side Catania, the striker admitted he was left with only one decision to make after Derby came calling.
Russell said: “Derby were the club who showed their hand and pushed the boat out to show how much they wanted me. Once I saw the place it was easy to make a decision.
“Speculation is irrelevant and unless there is an actual bid I don’t get worked up.
“Nobody came in for me with the exception of Derby and despite all the speculation, nothing else materialised.
“I’m just delighted to get everything finalised.
“I had a fair idea I would sign for Derby and I was kept informed by my agent Jim Sherry of Viola FC when I was on holiday and nothing has changed my mind since."
Dundee United will receive a transfer fee which includes performance-related add-ons as well as a potential sell-on fee and Russell, who has signed a four-year deal said: “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Dundee United.
“They gave me everything and I’ll be forever grateful.”