Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of full-back Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest for 16-million pounds.
The 23-year-old made more than 120 appearances for Forest, winning the 2020 player of the year award at the City Ground.
“It’s a very proud moment for me and my family, and I can’t wait to get started," Cash told Villa's official website. "Playing for such a big club is going to be brilliant.”
"My agent rang me and said that Villa were interested, and immediately it was the place I wanted to come to. I said, ‘don’t even worry about anywhere else, I want to come here and play’.
“It’s such a big football club, from the fanbase to the stadium. Every time I played at Villa Park before it just sold itself to me.
Cash, who had been tracked by a host of Premier League clubs, has signed a five-year deal at Villa Park and his new manager Dean Smith says it's a key signing ahead of the new season.
“We are delighted to welcome Matty to Villa and believe we have secured one of England’s brightest young prospects.
“He has an excellent playing record for a young player and we believe he will settle in easily and continue his rapid development into a top full-back.”