Friday, 8 July 2011

Transfer record smashed: Mills pens Foxes' deal

Skipper: Mills scores at Wembley for Reading
Leicester City's transfer record has been smashed after the completion of the signing of defender Matt Mills last night.

Although officially announced as an undisclosed fee, the Foxes are believed to have paid around £5.5 million for Mills. The previous record was the £5 million paid for Ade Akinbiyi in 2000 under Peter Taylor.

Mills completed a medical last night and put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal after two successful seasons with Reading. He led-out the Royals in their Wembley play-off final just two months ago and is now a Leicester City player aiming to repeat that feat in 2012.

"Matthew is a quality defender and we are delighted to have secured his services," noted Foxes' manager Sven Goran Eriksson, "Understandably, there was a lot of interest in him, but he is the latest player to pledge his commitment to us, which is another great endorsement for the work we are doing here at Leicester City."

Meanwhile, the Foxes are chasing former England star Owen Hargreaves. The midfielder, who has two Champions' League medals to his credit, was released by Manchester United after an injury-filled time at Old Trafford and has posted a series of YouTube videos in a bid to prove his fitness. According to the Daily Mirror, Eriksson is set to meet up with his former England charge to seek a deal that would make the 30-year-old the best-paid player in the history of the club.
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