Aston Villa sign Nigeria U23 star Club Brugge's teammate

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 14/06/2019

Premier League returnee Aston Villa signed Nigeria U23 star Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis Club Brugge teammate Wesley Moraes for a club record fee, subject to a work permit and international clearance.

The 22-year-old Brazilian striker has been on the radar of a number of clubs across Europe after his displays for the Belgian outfit during the 2018/19 season when he was able to register an impressive 17 goals and ten assists from 35 appearances in all competitions.

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Aston Villa has now confirmed they have struck a deal with Club Brugge to complete the signing of Moraes in their official website after joining the Birmingham bases club for a fee £22m overtake the price paid for Darren in 2011 from Sunderland.

Former TrenĨín forward was also crowned "De Golden Schoen", the award given to the best young player of the year in the Belgian Pro League.

Wesley scored 38 goals and provided 14 assists in 130 appearances for Club Brugge and is Villa's third transfer of the summer after the permanent signing of Anwar El Ghazi from French side Lille and a two-year deal for striker Jota from local rivals Birmingham.