Anwar El Ghazi joins Aston Villa from Lille on season-long loan

Anwar El Ghazi has won two full caps for the Netherlands
Anwar El Ghazi has won two full caps for the Netherlands

Aston Villa have signed Dutch winger Anwar El Ghazi from French Ligue 1 side Lille on a season-long loan.

"I am thrilled to join a football club of this size," said El Ghazi, 23. "I visited Villa Park after flying in from Holland and it gave me goosebumps.

"I can't wait to get out there and experience it for real and play in front of such passionate fans."

El Ghazi becomes boss Steve Bruce's fifth signing since the Championship club were taken over in late July.

BBC WM also expect Villa to confirm the loan arrival of another winger, Yannick Bolasie, from Everton.

While El Ghazi was introduced the crowd at half-time in Wednesday night's 2-2 draw with Brentford, Bolasie was also in the stand at Villa Park.

"We hope we can tie it up tomorrow," said Bruce. "The one thing we haven't got - with the injuries to Keinan Davis, Callum O'Hare and Scott Hogan, is anything up the top end of the pitch if we need to change things."

Villa have also signed Portuguese keeper Andre Moreira from Belenenses and fellow keeper Orjan Nyland from Ingolstadt, as well as bringing back Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe on loan and pipping Celtic to sign midfielder John McGinn from Hibernian.

Adaptable twice-capped Netherlands international El Ghazi can also play at left-back and in the centre of defence.

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