Richard Stearman joins Sheffield United on three-year deal from Fulham
By Andy Charles
Last Updated: 06/07/17 1:33pm
Sheffield United have signed Fulham defender Richard Stearman on a three-year deal for a "substantial" undisclosed fee.
Stearman has become Chris Wilder's fifth summer signing and brings vast experience of the Sky Bet Championship to Bramall Lane.
The 29-year-old, who spent last season on loan at hometown club Wolverhampton Wanderers, has also represented Leicester City and Ipswich Town as well as Fulham.
Wilder said: "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."
The Blades have also secured Ched Evans, Nathan Thomas, Enda Stevens and George Baldock as they look to build on last season's League One title.