Date: 4th January 2011 at 8:41pm
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Wednesday have completed their first bit of business of the January transfer window by agreeing a deal to bring Plymouth Argyle defender Reda Johnson to Hillsborough.

The 22-year-old has penned a three-and-half-year deal with Wednesday from their League One opponents for an undisclosed fee.

Argyle had been forced to cash-in on the French-born Benin international due to financial difficulties and Wednesday boss Alan Irvine has taken full advantage.

‘I am delighted to bring Reda to Sheffield Wednesday. He is a young, athletic defender who I have been aware of for some time,’ Irvine told the official SWFC website.

‘He is composed on the ball, very strong in the air and in the tackle and has plenty of experience for a player of 22. It is no secret that we have been looking to strengthen our defence and Reda is a quality addition.

‘I would like to thank Milan (Mandaric) for cutting short his holiday to help me bring Reda to Hillsborough and I am sure the reward will be some excellent performances on the pitch.’

It’s understood Johnson may well be available for selection for Saturday’s FA Cup trip to Bristol City, having not played for Argyle in the competition this season.