Sheffield United have completed the signing of Fulham’s Richard Stearman on an undisclosed fee, as announced on the club website.
The 29-year-old moved to Fulham from Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2015 for a reported £2 million fee and now makes a move north to South Yorkshire to join the League One champions. Stearman spent last season on loan at former club Wolves, where he made 19 appearances for the Championship club.
The ex-England U21 international joins the Blades on a three-year contract to become Chris Wilder’s fifth signing in a busy summer transfer window. The manager was delighted to secure the signing of the defender:
“Richard was our number one target throughout the summer and I’m delighted he has signed. We’ve been on the look out for a central defender who has played extensively in the Championship and who possesses the qualities and characteristics to fit in with our group.
“Richard will undoubtedly strengthen us, he’s a calm influence in the dressing room and every manager who I have spoken to about him says he has outstanding leadership qualities and will offer 100 per cent commitment, on and off the pitch.
“He had other opportunities to pursue, but I am delighted we have managed to tempt him to Bramall Lane.”
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) July 6, 2017
The centre-back, who can also operate at right-back if needs be, will bring a huge amount of experience to the newly-promoted Sheffield United team. The centre-back position has been an area of concern for many of the Bramall Lane faithful, with just four players operating there, but Stearman arrives promising reliability and leadership. The defender has over 250 Championship appearances during his time at Leicester City, Ipswich Town, Wolves and Fulham in addition to three seasons of Premier League football whilst at the Molineux Stadium.
Stearman looks a good signing for Sheffield United and his undoubted experience and leadership will only benefit youngsters in defence such as Jack O’Connell.