Moments ago, Teesside club Middlesbrough announced the capture of Oxford United midfielder Marvin Johnson as Garry Monk went to the club of former #2 Pep Clotet to finalise a piece of transfer business for the Boro.
The announcement (tweet – below) brings to an end the chase for the 26-year-old Birmingham-born left-sided midfielder player who signs on at the Riverside on a three-year deal.
Johnson made his way up the league ladder as such, starting out at local club Solihull Moors before a move to exotically-named Romulus in the Northern Premier League. His next move saw him sign for Kidderminster at the end of the January 2012 window on a free transfer – Johnson going on to make 114 appearances for the Harriers where he scored 17 goals and provided 13 assists.
His journey continued with a step up to the Scottish Premier League in a February 2015 move with Johnson signing for SPL side Motherwell. Whilst in Scotland, he made 64 appearances that saw him score 11 times as well as providing 17 assists. Last season for Oxford, Johnson featured in 39 League One games, scoring three times and providing seven assists in a season where he scored 10 goals and provided 15 assists across all competitions.
Middlesbrough, who famously released the actual fee paid for Britt Assombalonga, will not be able to do so due to a ‘confidentiality clause’ inserted into the deal.
Johnson will wear the #21 squad number at the Riverside and joins a Middlesbrough club aiming to improve on a not too bad start to the season that saw them enter the international break in 9th place in the Sky Bet Championship with a mixed-bag of results consisting of two wins, two losses and a draw last time out against Preston.