Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has completed his first transfer by signing Feyenoord midfielder Karim El Ahmadi.
New Villa manager Lambert has taken the 27-year-old Netherlands-born Morocco international on a three-year deal.
told the club's website
he is looking forward to working with the midfielder when the team report for training on 5 July.
"Karim will help the team, he's a really good footballer and he's played well in a good team," said Lambert.
Karim El Ahmadi
- Born: 27 Jan 1985, Enschede
- Height: 5ft 10in (1.79m)
- Clubs: Twente Enschede, Feyenoord, Al-Ahli Dubai (loan), Aston Villa
- Morocco: 17 caps (one goal)
El Ahmadi, who joins Villa for an undisclosed fee, has been with Feyenoord since signing from his hometown club Twente Enschede in 2008 and had talked of a transfer to Villa Park as a "dream move".
"It was always a dream of mine to play in the Premier League," he told avfc.co.uk. "We played a lot on Sundays in Holland, so I was able to watch all of the games on Saturday and I think this is the best league in the world.
"Last year was successful for me and for Feyenoord - we qualified for the Champions League - but sometimes in life you have to make choices."
The signing of Ahmadi comes at a time when new boss Lambert is being linked with a variety of names, including his old Norwich centre-forward Grant Holt.
Villa are also reported to be listening to offers for Cameroon midfielder Jean Makoun, Gerard Houllier's £6m acquisition from Lyon in January 2011, who impressed on loan with Olympiakos last season.