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Wolves to sign Johnson

Good things come to those who wait and the good thing on this occasion will be the signing of Birmingham defender Roger Johnson.

Johnson has been at Molineux today and according to the Express & Star he has agreed personal terms.

The 28-year-old defender just has to pass his medical before he can officially be unveiled as Mick McCarthy latest capture.

The fee is reportedly a notch under 7million, while Johnson will become our highest paid player on 40,000-a-week.

The E&S have also reported that we turned down the chance to sign Jonathan Woodgate who has now signed for Stoke.

He reportedly wanted 20,000-a-week plus 10,000-a-week appearance money! Which unsurprisingly we declined considering his fitness record.

Vital Wolves Comment: I think everyone will be happy with this signing. He has experience while isn't over the hill. His wages are high, but to add that bit of quality sometimes you have to break the bank.

Lets just hope he is worth it!

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 12 2011

Time: 2:07PM

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Great news and lets hope its the first of 2 or 3 quality players to join us.UTW.
Crete Wolf
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12/07/2011 14:16:00

I would be surprised if we sign another 2 or 3 quality defenders, financially we will have already splashed over 12 mil with RJ, but hopefully we will at least able to fill that LB spot... Anyhoo... really glad we've added another quality player to the squad... WE ARE WOLVES !
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12/07/2011 14:50:00

Yeah great news but can only see us bringing in 1 more defender , toss up wether it will be a left back or centre half , my money is on centre half as he loves Wardy and big george !
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12/07/2011 14:58:00

20k a week only adds upto a million over a year and thats if he dont kick a ball , if he did it would only cost us 1.5 million if he played every game and surely that would be a gamble worth taking ( Woodgate that is ) , I'd love McCarthy to go n get Bassong and that would be a left n right sided centre half signed , but cant see it :-( , its a bonus to know we are willing to pay players 40k a week , widens the type of player we can attract :-)
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12/07/2011 15:00:00

Oddjob - I love BIG George & Wardy!! How can you not love players who wear their heart on their sleeve?? Would much rather see a player of limited abilities give their all week in-out than a clearly talented uber-lazy player. That aside (yes i've been smoking again), RJ is a tremendous capture who i'm sure will add quality to the team and hopefully a few goals to boot. Has anybody read about the devlopments to our academy yet?? These are exciting times, we are most definately moving in the right direction. Who knows we may just unearth the next Messi. And more importantly....keep hold of him!! lol!!! UTW!!!!
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12/07/2011 15:18:00

Seems like a good signing,and at the right price. I still reckon 7mill plus SEB would have equated to the 10million they were asking for and would have been too high. Moxey seems to have played it right so far. Not getting into a silly bidding war for Mills (who are ya!?)and allowing Leicester to up their own bid, (just as the hammer was coming down on their previous bid)makes me wonder if Wolves aren't owed some sales commission from Reading!I'd stick to the view that we need another CH and LB,although improved quality would be welcome in any department,we all know it's the defence that was in need of major surgery.Anyhow, any bets on the North Bank being finished before we sign a defender are just about lost.
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12/07/2011 15:28:00

Well the north bank wont be finished until the start of next season anyways lol , TASTY i do like Wardy and George and both can cover more than 1 position , I would never want to see either go , I just think Ryan Bertrand would have been the answer to our left back position as Wardy and George are not the answer long term , every Wolves player give there all and thats what i love about our team , also adding players like O'Hara and Johnson shows we are adding more work horses but with that bit more ability :-)
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12/07/2011 17:46:00

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13/07/2011 09:52:00

Ok everyone can relax!,hes signed on the dotted line,welcome to the Wolves Roger.
Crete Wolf
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13/07/2011 10:08:00

rite people heres the low down.good signing in roger j.better than anything we got at the back anways apart from big jody c of course.would have liked to see scott dann with him but looks like he will be going else where. mm needs to turn his attention to bassong now and if not bye atleast see if we can loan the player as with just roger j on board can still not see him solving our leaky defence.u still rotting them brain sells big tasty smoking that high grade, cause lets face it george and wardy are a sack of *****.if i wanted to watch a group of runners i would get a season ticket to the athletics.i want to see quality and thats the way 4ward.
black daniels
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13/07/2011 12:23:00

Sack of **** ? , well i would never use such words to describe a player of a club i support especially 2 players that give there all everytime they put the shirt on but hey each to there own !
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13/07/2011 15:24:00

oddjob79 im just honest and say it as it is.there not good enough and describing them as a sack of ***** is just away of putting it bluntly if we all was like you we would still have the likes of keogh playing up front and glenn hoddle as manager.hey as u say they were both fantastic cus they give there all everytime they put the shirt on!!!!!! but as you say each to there own.
black daniels
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13/07/2011 23:05:00

Whilst amused I shall refrain from any abuse. I got the light hearted criticism. Neither are good enough at left back; as I have said elsewhere the best place for George is in the middle and that is not going to happen now- we shipped too many with him at left back- he is one of the most liked players by the fans no doubt about it, I think he's a great character- who can't love the George- cried when he scored. Great stuff but not a left back. As for Ward he has come full circle and he actually looks better now the further up the pitch he is. I think Konchelsky would be a step forward- he is a career left back who knows what has to be done and has been around some very good managers. Depends on what they are asking for him and whether he will reduce his wages. There are not that many around so aside from Bertrand who they would probably want starting, and Wallace who I know little about, we are back looking at the likes of Bassong- I shall have to read Mick's comments again but I believe he points out that with Stearman, Berra, Craddock he is not going to be looking at another for the middle, although that could be a smoke screen. Seems an admirer of Upson who is even less of a gamble than Woodgate. I would have taken Woodgate for a year at least to be honest. Credit where credit is due and credit to the club for the way they have handled the Johnson deal. Seems the move for Mills was to show Birmingham there are other players we can/could have spent our money on- they had no choice to sell and of course Dann and the RIdge are still there- you never know. Thrilled with the Johnson signing- again, sends the signal out there to other players of such quality that we will in fact spend the money now. Aside from their percentage of transfers surely most players could not give a flying for the fee going to their respective clubs- they want to know the club they are going to is serious about it and will pay the going rate- we have shown that now. I maintain we need two more at the back.
New York City Wolf
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14/07/2011 01:58:00

I think its a bluff on our part, he will move for at least one other defender.We could sell one of our existing defenders and I still think a deal for Dann or Ridgewell with Seb going the other way may happen.Dann like Johnston was, is way over priced and perhaps when no takers come in they will lower their value of him.
Crete Wolf
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14/07/2011 07:55:00


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