Aston Villa have signed Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest for £16m. Dean Smith expressed his pleasure at having secured the full-back on a five-year contract despite interest from other Premier League clubs.
“We are delighted to welcome Matty to Villa and believe we have secured one of England’s brightest young prospects,” Villa’s manager said.
“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.”
The 23-year-old Cash made 141 appearances during six years at Forest. He tweeted: “Something I’ve always dreamed of since I was a young boy to play in the Premier League.”
The Slough-born defender said he had jumped at the chance to join Villa. “My agent rang me and said that Villa were interested and immediately it was the place I wanted to come to,” he said. “I said: ‘Don’t even worry about anywhere else, I want to come here and play.’
“It’s been a crazy journey from the age of 17, getting released at Wycombe Wanderers to kicking on. I had a very good five years at Forest and I can’t thank them enough.”