Republic of Ireland defender Derrick Williams has agreed a move to Major League Soccer outfit LA Galaxy.

Williams, 28, signed a two-year deal to head to the USA after almost five years with Blackburn Rovers. He was going to be out of contract with the Championship club in the summer.

The three-time capped senior international holds an American passport and so will not occupy an International Roster spot.

He'll be added to the club's roster once the MLS transfer window opens later this month. The campaign runs from April to November.

"Derrick is an experienced defender who has played at a high level in England and internationally," said LA Galaxy General Manager Dennis te Kloese.

"We believe Derrick will strengthen our defense and add competition to the position. We are excited to have Derrick join the squad and look forward to his contributions to the club."

Williams is following in the footsteps of Robbie Keane, who moved to LA Galaxy in the summer of 2010.

He left towards the end of 2016 having helped the club to win three MLS Cups, scoring over 100 goals.