Vfl Wolfsburg sign John Brooks for a record fee

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Vfl Wolfsburg have signed USA international John Brooks on a five-year deal from Hertha Berlin for a reported fee of $22.4 million.

This is the highest transfer fee paid by any club for an American player breaking the previous record set by Sunderland in 2013 when they bought Jozy Altidore from AZ Alkmaar for $11.2 million.

Born in Berlin to an American father and German mother, Brooks joined the youth ranks of Hertha in 2007. He made his first team debut during the 2012-13 season. Since then he has made a total of 119 appearances for the club scoring 7 times. He has also made 30 appearances for the USA national team so far scoring 3 times.

Brooks reprotedly handed in a transfer request to Hertha’s sporting director Michael Preetz before signing for Wolfsburg.

Speaking after signing the deal, Brooks said:

“The decision to leave my home-town wasn’t an easy one, but having spoken with [Wolfsburg’s sporting director] Olaf Rebbe and [coach] Andries Jonker, I really wanted the move to Wolfsburg, because they both quickly convinced me of their plans with VfL. I want to play my part in helping VfL to repeat the success they have enjoyed in recent years.”

Rebbe added:

“We are delighted to have signed John Anthony Brooks,”
“He is a highly talented and ambitious defender who will reinforce our defence. At 24, he is already very experienced.”

US football faithfuls will fondly remember Brooks for having scored a headed goal for USA in a group stage fixture against Ghana during the 2014 World Cup that earned them a 2-1 victory.