Friday, January 15, 1999 Published at 17:46 GMT
Dons swoop for Hartson
John Hartson (left) with wimbledon chief Sam Hammam
Welsh international John Hartson was given a warm welcome by his new Wimbledon teammates after completing a £7.5m move from West Ham.
The 23-year-old is believed to have signed a six-year contract and could go straight into the first team against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
"My attitude is always to try to be stronger and that's it. We are not looking for any special results. He's an addition to make Wimbledon stronger than we were the day before. It's as simple as that.
"The money is not an issue at all. It's football - we are a football club. . I'm not a city man or a yuppie, I'm a football man," he explained.
The deal smashes Wimbledon's previous transfer record of £2m for Port Vale winger Gareth Ainsworth.
"A great move"
Manager Joe Kinnear, who has been chasing Hartson for some time, admitted: "I'm delighted. John is a smashing lad and a top-quality striker who has proved himself with 24 goals last season. He's only 23 but he is experienced and skilful.
"People might wonder at the size of the fee for a club like Wimbledon but I have half a dozen worth that much in my squad."
Hartson said: "This is a great move for me.
"Joe has worked wonders and I know Wimbledon's style needs someone like me - a strong target man who can score goals."
"Business is business and this offer was just too good to turn down. Everybody slagged me off when I bought him from Arsenal for £2.5m two years ago, saying he wasn't worth it.
"I need to get two or three players in and this sale has given me the cash I need."