James has shown a desire to be here - Lee JohnsonLee Johnson is delighted to have beaten off fierce competition to sign midfield player James Dayton.
Latics' manager says he is aware that 24-year-old Dayton had three or four other offers.
"I know they would have paid more than we can which shows a desire by James to be here at Oldham," explained Johnson.
Latics' manager didn't need scouting reports on Dayton, who plays wide or central, as they were team mates at Kilmarnock until earlier this year.
And while other summer signing Jonson Clarke-Harris, an 18-year-old striker from Peterborough United, is viewed as one for the future, Dayton is more the finished article.
Johnson, who is pictured with his latest signing, continued: "While Jonson has great potential, James is more proven.
"He has done very well in Scotland and Kilmarnock wanted him to stay.
"And I am delighted to have signed a player of his pedigree and talent. I am sure he will do very well for us."
Kilmarnock, in fact, offered Dayton a new three-year deal, but he was keen to return to England. He is a Londoner and was at Crystal Palace between the ages of 10 and 20 years.