Aston Villa have announced the signing of midfielder Boubacar Kamara on a five-year deal from Marseille.
The 22-year-old was out of contract at the Ligue 1 outfit this summer, and had been linked with a number of high-profile clubs on a free transfer.
“I am delighted that we have been able to attract one of the most promising young talents in European football,” Villa boss Steven Gerrard told the club’s official website.
“We have a very clear plan to make our team stronger and Bouba is an important part of that.”
Kamara added: “When I met with Steven, Christian, and Johan in my home I knew Aston Villa was for me.
“Their ambition and determination to succeed matches my own. I cannot wait for pre-season to get going.”
Kamara came through the ranks with Marseille and has gone on to make 170 appearances for the club, scoring four goals and creating six more.