Janoi Donacien has left Accrington Stanley to join Championship side Ipswich Town for what is set to be a record fee received for the club.
The defender, 24, has initially joined the Tractor Boys on loan until the end of the season, with the deal set to become permanent as soon as his work permit comes through, which is expected shortly.
The Reds have agreed an undisclosed fee with Ipswich, which will be activated once the work permit is granted.
Janoi has spent two seasons at Stanley after coming through the ranks at Tottenham and Aston Villa before a number of loan moves.
He only missed one league game last season as the Reds charged to the League Two title.
Stanley’s best previous incoming deal was the departure of Matty Pearson to Barnsley last summer.
John Coleman said: “Janoi has been fantastic since he has been here. He hasn’t been an ounce of trouble and I am surprised no one has come in for him sooner.
“Once people started treating us properly in the transfer market, that gives players the opportunities.
“We can’t let them go just to better their career, it has to be good for the club as well and that’s my responsibility.
“The money will mean a lot to Accrington, we will use it to improve the infrastructure of the club.”
Chairman Andy Holt said: “Janoi is a great lad, he is a model professional and he did what it said on the tin.
“He came here, grafted, helped us win the league title and fully deserves his opportunity. That’s what we are about at Accrington.
“The fee means a great deal to us and for us, it’s going into new changing rooms.”