The unveiling of Hammond as a Leicester City player has come as a shock to many Foxes supporters, who believed there were no plans for Nigel Pearson to add to his squad. The City manager has been seen to limit the number of signings as he looks to limit the wage bill following the introduction of the Financial Fair Play scheme last season.
Indeed, Hammond becomes only the second new face at the King Power Stadium this summer, with Zoumana Bakayogo the only other new recruit at the Foxes during this transfer window. Hammond is nonetheless a welcome addition to the youthful City midfield, the 30-year-old offering promotion experience following his stint with the Saints.
"We're really pleased to be able to add a player of Dean's quality and experience to the squad," said Pearson, "As well as having played a considerable number of games in his career, he also arrives with promotion credentials and will be a very positive influence on the squad both on and off the pitch."
Hammond will wear the number seven shirt following the departure of Ben Marshall to Blackburn Rovers during the week.