Brighton & Hove Albion have signed striker Sam Baldock from Bristol City for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old, for whom Brighton have made numerous bids throughout the summer, has put pen to paper on a four-year contract.

City's chief executive John Pelling said: "Sam was in the last year of his contract and Brighton started showing an interest in signing him in early July.

"We rejected six offers from them having entered this transfer window with the intention of keeping Sam at Bristol City.

"During the window we have got on with recruiting seven players to strengthen our first-team squad, with several of these players already regulars in the team.

"However, Brighton's persistence has finally seen them come up with an offer which suited both the club and Sam.

"On behalf of everyone involved with Bristol City, I would like to thank Sam for his professionalism and commitment throughout his time with the club and wish him nothing but success in the future."

Baldock arrived at Ashton Gate from West Ham in August 2012 and was made captain the following year, a role he retained under current Robins' manager Steve Cotterill.

The forward registered 26 goals in all competitions last season and won the Sky Bet League One Golden Boot award, scoring a total of 36 in 93 appearances for City.