Villa make first summer signing with £16m defender deal announced

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Aston Villa have signed full-back Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest for £16million.

The 23-year-old becomes Villa boss Dean Smith’s first summer signing and the defender has penned a long-term deal at Villa Park.

The transfer was agreed on Wednesday with Villa agreeing to pay Forest £14million and a further £2million in add ons.

Cash made more than 120 appearances for Forest, winning the 2020 player of the year award at the City Ground.

The Slough-born right-back made 45 appearances last season, scoring three goals and grabbing five assists.

“We are delighted to welcome Matty to Villa and believe we have secured one of England’s brightest young prospects,” said Villa boss Dean Smith on the club’s website.



“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.”

Meanwhile, Villa are understood be chasing Brentford striker Ollie Watkins, according to The Sun.

Brentford have landed striker Ivan Toney which will surely pave the way for Watkins to leave.

Watkins is a man in demand after an impressive season for the Bees in the Championship. His 25 league goals helped them reach the play-off final. However, they missed out on promotion after losing 2-1 to Fulham at Wembley.

That loss activated a clause in Watkins’ contract that means he is now available for £18million. And Villa will reportedly match that figure.

Watkins knows Dean Smith well from his time at Griffin Park and a reunion certainly makes sense.