Villa Park side sign Danish international.
Aston Villa have officially confirmed the signing of young Danish international Jores Okore for a fee believed to be around £4m.
The young centre-back has previously been linked with a host of Premier League sides after impressing over the past two seasons in the FC Nordsjælland first team, helping the club to a Danish Superliga title in 2011/12 and subsequently plying his trade in the Champions League last season.
Villa Park boss Paul Lambert heaped praise on his new signing;
“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.”
Lambert could certainly do with strengthening a defence that conceded 69 goals last term, only two other sides let in more, and it is likely that veteran Irishman Richard Dunne will be leaving the Midlands side this summer.
The 20-year-old defender underwent a medical today and agreed a four-year deal which will run to 2017.