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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 July, 2003, 17:46 GMT 18:46 UK
Johnson seals Chelsea move
West Ham full-back Glen Johnson
Johnson is on his way to Chelsea
Defender Glen Johnson has moved to Chelsea from West Ham for a 6m fee.

The 18-year-old has signed a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge and is due to fly out to Italy almost immediately to join the rest of the squad in their pre-season preparations.

"They are a great club. There are lots of internationals here and I can't wait to play with all the players," Johnson told Chelsea TV.

"I just want to get out there and to get to know everybody."

The England under-21 international forced his way into the West Ham first team towards the end of last season and produced a series of composed performances at full-back.


In that time he established a reputation as one of the English game's brightest young talents despite the Hammers eventually being relegated from the Premiership.

Johnson is the first confirmed signing of a new era at Stamford Bridge under the Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.

Cameroon star Geremi is expected to join him at the club after his club Real Madrid agreed a 6.9m transfer fee with the London club.



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