Aston Villa have signed midfielder Karim El Ahmadi from Feyenoord on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

The Morocco international was a driving force behind Feyenoord's campaign last season which saw them finish runners-up behind Ajax in the Eredivisie and qualify for the Champions League.

The 27-year-old becomes manager Paul Lambert's first signing with the Villa boss "looking forward to working with him" when the players report for pre-season training on Thursday.

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