Brooks joins Wolfsburg in record deal

John Brooks

VfL Wolfsburg have announced the signing of Hertha Berlin defender John Brooks for a reported €20 million on a five-year deal.

The German-born footballer. who represents United States of America at international level, has now broken Jozy Altidore’s record for the most expensive American transfer – set in 2013 when Sunderland spent €10m to prise the forward away from AZ Alkmaar.

Brooks, a physically imposing left-footed centre-back, is vastly experienced in the Bundesliga and at the age of 24, has featured 131 times for Die Alte Dame, since graduating from the academy in 2012.

And this season he appeared 24 times in the Bundesliga to help Par Dardai’s men finish in a credible sixth place, while Die Wolfe narrowly avoided relegation this season after beating Eintracht Braunschweig 2-0 in the relegation play-offs and targeted the American as the ideal candidate to shore up their defence.

“It wasn’t an easy decision to leave my hometown, but after the talks with [sporting director] Olaf Rebbe and [coach] Andries Jonker I wanted to join Wolfsburg because both soon convinced me of their plans for VfL,” Brooks told his new club’s official website.

“I want to contribute my share so that Wolfsburg live up to their earlier success.”

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