Nick Blackman has told Derby County’s official site that he never wanted to go anywhere else, once he heard about their interest.
Wednesday had been keen to snap up the 26-year-old to enhance their attacking options, but Blackman says the opportunity to work with Paul Clement was too good to turn down.
“I’m excited to be here. Once I heard that this club was interested it was the only place that I wanted to come to. It’s the right place for where I am at in my career," he said.
“I have had a sample of how Paul (Clement) works and I really enjoyed it when we were together at Blackburn when he was on the coaching team. That was a big reason in me coming here."
Blackman may have had an easier route to the first team, had he chosen to move to Hillsborough.
Derby already possesses a wealth of attacking options, and his arrival only strengthens Clement’s squad.
If Blackman continues to put in performances of the standard that he has for Reading this season, he should have a chance of establishing his place though.
Blackman has netted 13 goals in 28 matches for the Royals this term, despite not always being deployed as their main striker.
Blackman is Derby’s second addition of the January transfer window, following the arrival of Abdoul Camara from Angers earlier this week.