Striker Nick Blackman has outlined the reasons why he rejected Sheffield Wednesday in favour of a move to Derby County.
Like the Rams, the Owls held talks with the 26-year-old after Reading accepted their offer for the forward.
But 13-goal Blackman, whose Royals contract was due to run out in the summer, chose to link up with Derby, penning a three-and-a-half-year contract yesterday.
“When I heard of Derby’s interest this is the only place I wanted to come,” he said. “This is a fantastic club - great history, fantastic facilities, great fan base and a great manager. It is all geared to the Premier League.
“I worked with the manager [Paul Clement] when I was at Blackburn. That connection is important because I have had a sample of how he works and I really enjoyed it when he was at Blackburn. I am really looking forward to working with him again.
“There is a fantastic squad here and the team has been doing really well, and hopefully it can continue.”