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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug 7, 2008

Fulham finally complete £10.5m deal for Johnson

Andrew Johnson is determined to prove himself a star summer signing for manager Roy Hodgson after becoming Fulham's first £10million-plus buy since Steve Marlet.

The England international completed his long-awaited transfer from Everton and will spearhead the Fulham attack as they attempt to put last season's close shave with relegation firmly behind them.

Fulham's ambition for the new campaign has been such that Johnson arrived as their 11th signing of the close season, and he could partner fellow new boy Bobby Zamora in the season ahead.

Marlet was an £11.5million recruit from Lyon in 2001 but proved an expensive failure for Fulham, however Johnson has a proven track record in the Barclays Premier League.

His move was held up as Fulham sought assurances about an old ankle injury, and Johnson was quick to thank Hodgson for showing persistence after a deal was struck which will see the London club pay around £10million initially, with more to come depending on performance.

'I am glad that the agreement is now finalised and that I can concentrate on playing football for Fulham,' Johnson told the club's official website.

'Roy has been great over the last week or so of ongoing discussions and his support in getting me here has only strengthened my ambition to give 100% for him and the team every game.

'Fulham is a club with a lot of history and ambition and I'm pleased that I can be part of that.

'I'm now just looking forward to getting into the dressing room with the lads and to start training with them as soon as possible.'

The 27-year-old has signed a four-year contract and Johnson returns to London two years after leaving Crystal Palace to join Everton in an £8.6million deal.

Johnson made 73 appearances and scored 22 goals during his stint on Merseyside but found himself edged out of David Moyes' first-choice starting XI after the arrival of Aiyegbeni Yakubu from Middlesbrough last summer.

Hodgson has no doubts about the quality of his latest buy, and the manager is expected to unleash Johnson on newly-promoted Hull on the opening day of the season, August 16. He could also feature in this Saturday's friendly against Italian side Torino.

'I have made no secret of my wish to add Andy Johnson to my squad at Fulham,' said Hodgson.

'I believe that he has all the qualities needed to assist us in next season's campaign and I am more than delighted that we have secured his services for the long term.

'There has been a lot of speculation regarding this transfer during the last week, very little of which has had any foundation.

'I am just happy to be able to focus on the positive news that Andy Johnson is now a Fulham player, one who we have great hopes for, and I am grateful to the chairman, the board of directors and the chief executive for working tirelessly to make this possible.'

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