Sheffield United have signed defender Simon Francis from Bradford City, initially on loan to allow him to play against Rotherham on Tuesday.
Francis has agreed a three-year deal with Sheffield United
However, a £200,000 deal - rising to £250,000 if the Blades win promotion - has been agreed for the 19-year-old.
Boss Neil Warnock said that Sunderland and Charlton had also wanted Francis.
"Mick McCarthy and Alan Curbishley had phoned him a few times, so for him to choose us is a major feather in our cap," he told BBC Radio Sheffield.
"He knows at Bramall Lane we give the youngsters a chance.
"Now he needs to establish himself in the team over the next couple of years."
Nottingham-born Francis has made 55 league appearances for the Bantams, who are in administration, since his debut in November 2002.
He follows team-mate Andy Gray, who moved from Valley Parade to Bramall Lane less than a month ago.