Addicks complete Owls swoop
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Charlton Athletic have signed Sheffield Wednesday defender Madjid Bougherra.
Charlton Athletic have wrapped up the signing of Sheffield Wednesday defender Madjid Bougherra for a fee of £2.5million.
The Owls had been reluctant to sell the Algerian international in January, but Bougherra has now sealed his move to The Valley after spending just over eight months with the Yorkshire side.
Everton and Birmingham City had also taken a keen interest in the 24-year-old who follows Zheng Zhi and Ben Thatcher in signing up to Alan Pardew's survival campaign at Charlton.
The Addicks currently lie three points shy of safety in the Premiership and the arrival of Bougherra should go some way to shoring up a defence that has conceded 43 goals in 24 games - the most in the top flight.
Pardew originally failed with a £1.3million offer for the defender before The Owls relented and agreed on a £2.5million fee on Friday.
Now Bougherra has explained that he chose Charlton over Everton as David Moyes intended to use him as a utility player.
"Charlton was the first club which contacted me, I met them very quickly, the leaders and staff, and I felt that he [Pardew] wanted me," Bougherra told his official website.
"I went to Liverpool and visited the infrastructure of Everton, an immense club indeed.
"But the trainer was honest with me from the very start, he said to me that he needed a general purpose player who could play defensive midfield.
"For me it is out of question that I change position. Indeed I started life as a defensive midfielder, but no one ever noticed me in this position.
"The position of central defender is that which is appropriate to me and at 24 years I want to continue my progress in this position with my club as with the national team."