Aleksandar Tonev: Aston Villa set up deal for Bulgarian winger

Bulgaria winger Aleksandar Tonev has agreed a deal to become Aston Villa's first summer signing.

The 23-year-old Lech Poznan player, a former international team-mate of ex-Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov, has completed a medical and agreed terms.

The final paperwork with Polish club Poznan is due to be tied up next week.

Tonev's career so far

  • Began his career at CSKA Sofia, making his debut as an 18-year-old in March 2008.
  • Bulgarian Footballers' Young Player of the Year for 2010-11.
  • Moved to Polish club Lech Poznan in the summer of 2011, since when he has scored seven goals in 39 starts.
  • Has also played 11 times for the Bulgarian national team, making his debut alongside former Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov in October 2011.
  • Tonev scored his first goals for his country against Malta in March 2013, going on to complete his first professional hat-trick.

"I played alongside Aleks, so I know a little bit about what kind of a player he is," said Petrov, now assistant development coach at Villa.

"The main thing is that the manager likes him as well and the way he plays.

"I think Villa fans have one exciting player on their hands."

Tonev, who lined up alongside Petrov when he made his international debut in a 1-0 home defeat by Wales in October 2011, added: "Stiliyan and Dimitar Berbatov have done really well in this league.

"They are both great Bulgarian players. Hopefully, I can do the same and make my mark on the Premier League.

"I have played in front of big crowds before but the atmosphere here in England is unique. The crowd is like a 12th player for the team."

Meanwhile, Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner has been re-elected to the FA Council, having first been voted on to it a year ago.