Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of centre-back Jores Okore from Danish side FC Nordsjaelland.
The figure is rumoured to be worth around £4m, and the 20-year-old defender will join up with his new team-mates shortly.
Okore, who was previously linked with a move to Chelsea, expressed his delight to have signed the deal with Aston Villa. In an interview with the club's official website, Okore said he is especially looking forward to continuing the youth project currently in place at the club.
"We're a young team and we played some really good football over the second half of last season, which is something we want to build on now as players, as a team and as a club," Okare commented. "I know also that we have a good coach and this is a really good club. This is the right club for me, I feel it straight away."
Okore also feels that he will fit the bill needed to play in the Premier League.
"If I was to describe myself, I think I'm a big, strong defender with good pace," he added. "Obviously, my priority is to be a really good defensive player, but I think bring something to our game offensively too and maybe start some attacks."
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert welcomed his new signing with open arms, knowing that Okore has experience that is invaluable at such a young age.
"He's only 20 years of age and that's good but he's also an international player at a really young age and he's played Champions League football as well, which is testament to his potential," Lambert said.
"Jores has played in big games but he's a very humble lad and he will be a really good addition to our team and to our squad. I'm pleased that we've signed a player of his stature, for he is someone who can come in and make a huge impact.
"There's a great opportunity for him here and the competition for places is something that's really important. You want to try to have that throughout the team."
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