Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Danish defender Jores Okore from Danish Superliga side FC Nordsjaelland. The 20-year-old put pen to a four-year contract that will keep him with Villa through the 2016-17 season after he passed a medical at Bodymoor Heath today.
It's sort of delightful to read what Okore has to say, since he's already taken to loving Aston Villa. "This is the right club for me," he said, "I feel it straight away." Both Okore and Paul Lambert think that the new signing can have an immediate impact with the club. Lambert also views the signing as one that should bring up the competition level within the club. "There's a great opportunity for him here," the manager said, "and the competition for places is something that's really important. You want to try to have that throughout the team."
Apparently the plan is for Aston Villa to actually have some depth for seemingly the first time in ages. And given Lambert's strategy, that makes a lot of sense. He's bringing in a lot of largely unproven young players who may or may not work. If they all do well, that's a great problem to have. If not, there are others who can step in.
In a related bit of news, if anyone was looking for a nice endorsement of Aston Villa's new kit, you need to look no further than Okore. "I'm happy to be wearing the shirt and I feel like I'm looking really good in it," he said. And for those wondering whether or not the kit is a nice fit, Okore added "it feels very comfortable."