As we heard yesterday, Aleksandar Tonev was in Birmingham for a physical before he was to complete his transfer to Aston Villa. A photo that I first saw tweeted by Maciej Zielinski confirms what we were all expecting: Tonev is here to stay with Aston Villa:
Looks like first moments of Tonev in Aston Villa shirt twitter.com/mac_zielinski/…— Maciej Zielinski (@mac_zielinski) June 7, 2013
With Tonev in the picture is Stiliyan Petrov. I imagine Petrov's presence on the club proved to be a lure to Tonev, who is a winger for the Bulgarian national team.
Assuming yesterday's numbers are correct, Villa have paid Polish club Lech Poznan approximately £2.7 million pounds for the services of Tonev, with a clause for £425,000 if Tonev plays enough matches.
And given Aston Villa's startling lack of wing play last season, I imagine that we'll be seeing a lot of Tonev. In the clips I've been able to find, he's got pace and he has a good instinct for goal, so he should be a valuable asset. If nothing else, it'll be nice to have someone other than Christian Benteke working the ball in from the outside.
Welcome to the club, Tonev!
Aston Villa have confirmed the signing here, and also in this tweet: