By Oli Gamp For Mailonline
Published: 09:47 BST, 3 September 2020 | Updated: 10:18 BST, 3 September 2020
Aston Villa have sealed the £16m signing of Nottingham Forest full-back Matty Cash on a five-year-deal after beating off competition from their Premier League rivals.
The Midlands outfit had a number of bids rejected for the 23-year-old but finally reached a breakthrough in talks with Forest this week.
Now Dean Smith's side have now wrapped up the deal despite interest from the likes of Fulham and Sheffield United.
Aston Villa have completed the £16million signing of Nottingham Forest full back Matty Cash
Smith said Cash had the potential to be a top star and believes he will have no problems gelling into the first team.
'We are delighted to welcome Matty to Villa and believe we have secured one of England's brightest young prospects.
'He has an excellent playing record for a young player and we believe he will settle in easily and continue his rapid development into a top full-back.'
The player himself admitted his pride to join the club and test his ability in the Premier League in a post on Twitter.
Villa boss Dean