Sheffield United have signed former Wales international James Wilson.
The 27-year-old today became Chris Wilder’s third summer signing following the arrival of Mark Duffy and Chris Hussey at Bramall Lane.
Wilson held talks with Wilder, the United manager, last weekend before officially agreeing his move to South Yorkshire. The news will come as a blow to Shrewsbury Town, Leyton Orient and Rochdale who had also been chasing the defender’s signature.
“James is an athletic, mobile centre half and knows this division,” said Wilder.
“He turned down a contract at Oldham and had other options but we’ve had him with us for a few days, had a good look at him and he will be a good addition to our squad.”
Previously of Bristol City, Brentford and Cheltenham Town, Wilson made 47 appearances for Athletic last term.
Capped by his country at youth, under-21 and senior level, he can operate at either full-back or centre-half.
Wilson’s arrival does not mark the end of United’s interest in MK Dons’ Kyle McFadzean with further talks between the two clubs expected to take place shortly. McFadzean has made no secret of his desire to rejoin the club he has supported since childhood.
Wilder embarked upon a major makeover of United’s first team squad after being appointed two months ago, releasing 10 and transfer listing another seven members of the team which finished 11th in the League One table under his predecessor Nigel Adkins.
Duffy helped Burton Albion reach the Championship during a spell on loan at the Pirelli Stadium from Birmingham City. Hussey has previously represented AFC Wimbledon, Albion and Bury.
Wilson, who was born in Chepstow, made his international debut for Wales against Belgium in October 2013.