Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has clinched his third summer signing as he prepares for life in the Premier League with the capture of Wolves defender Kortney Hause.
The 23-year-old impressed during a loan spell at Villa Park during the second half of last season, making 12 appearances to help the club win promotion via the Sky Bet Championship play-offs.
A club statement said: “Aston Villa have taken up the option to permanently transfer Kortney Hause from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
“The 23-year-old, who has represented England at Under-20 and Under-21 level, becomes the club’s third signing since winning promotion to the Premier League.”
Hause arrived at Villa in January and started 10 league games, although he was used only as a substitute in the 2-1 win over Derby at Wembley which secured their return to the top flight.
He began his career at Wycombe and headed for Wolves as an 18-year-old, making 80 appearances either side of a loan spell at Gillingham.
Hause joins Spanish midfielder Jota,formerly of city rivals Birmingham, and Dutchman Anwar El Ghazi, who also played a significant role on loan from Lille last season, with the pair having already signed on the dotted line.
Villa have also agreed a deal with Club Brugge, subject to work permit and international clearance, for 22-year-old Brazilian striker Wesley.