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Bluebirds new boy is a snub for the Swans.

Byline: By Terry Phillips South Wales Echo

Cardiff City have today signed powerful defender Roger Johnson from under the noses of Swansea City.

The Wycombe Wanderers captain has signed for the Bluebirds in a pounds 275,000 transfer - after looking likely to move to the Liberty Stadium this summer.

The Swans were keen on Johnson and manager Kenny Jackett has made several bids for the 6ft 3ins stopper.

Chairman Huw Jenkins confirmed he had been talking to Wycombe about Johnson 'every day' but the Kent-born centre-half has now committed to the Bluebirds.

There has been no official confirmation from either club that Johnson has made the switch from Wycombe to South Wales, but it is certain he is the sixth signing for Cardiff City during the close season.

Johnson, 23, follows Kevin McNaughton (from Aberdeen), Stephen McPhail (from Barnsley), Michael Chopra (from Newcastle United), goalkeeper Mark Howard (from Arsenal) and Glenn Loovens (from Feyenoord).

Cardiff are also close to signing Jason Koumas from West Bromwich Albion with the clubs still negotiating over the fee - Albion are demanding pounds 2m - while they are keen on signing full-back Kerrea Gilbert from Arsenal on loan.

Owner Sam Hammam has made it known manager Dave Jones is aiming to bring in 13 quality players before the start of the season - that still leaves another seven including Koumas and Gilbert.

Jones will also have to move a number of players out if he gets his men and that will take a lot of movement over the next few weeks.

Johnson, from Ashford in Kent, has played under Tony Adams, John Gorman and Lawrie Sanchez at Wycombe.

He has been rated highly and attracted attention from a number of clubs.

Manager Jones is keen to see him as a replacement for Neil Cox, now with Crewe, and as a player who can push Loovens and Darren Purse for their first team places.

Johnson has made 169 first team starts and made 22 substitute appearances for Wycombe Wanderers, who have now appointed Paul Lambert as their new team manager.

He has scored 21 goals, having signed full professional forms for Wycombe as a 17-year-old six years ago.

Johnson, whose girlfriend is stunning model Melissa Baxter, was the youngest ever player to make a Football League appearance for Wanderers, going on as substitute against Cambridge United in the final game of 1999-2000.

He is from Ashford in Kent and was with Portsmouth and Bournemouth before joining Wycombe's youth development programme at the age of 15.

Johnson was Wycombe's player of the season in 2003-2004 and was under contract with the club until June 2007.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 4, 2006
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