The best deals done thus far in the transfer window.
Jores Okore – FC Nordsjaelland to Aston Villa, £4 million
The young Ivorian-born Danish international came to the West Midlands with a high pedigree. The highly rated 20-year-old has been attracting the attentions of a number of Premier League clubs this summer, and he even revealed that he turned down the chance to join Chelsea in order to continue his development by playing first team football.
Having already sampled Champions League football with the Danish side – where he impressed against the West Londoners, he has come as quite a coup for Paul Lambert who is hoping that the athletic stopper will help to plug a leaky defence that shipped close to 70 goals in the Premier League last season.
Where most young players have fallen foul of joining a ‘top’ club for big money, only to sit on the bench and hinder their own development, Okore has been a breath of fresh air by deciding to join up with Villa in order to continue his development and former Villa legend Martin Laursen, a compatriot of Okore, has already said that he believes the young defender will add to his seven international caps in no time.
He has already endeared himself to his new fans, not only by turning down a switch to Chelsea in order to continue Paul Lambert’s revolution, but by falling asleep during his medical.
For the money Villa paid for his services he represents quite the coup. He has the potential to become one of the best defenders in the world and the Premier League will be the best possible place to test himself.