sport news Aston Villa confirm £19m signing of forward Bertrand Traore from Lyon

Aston Villa confirm signing of former Chelsea youth star Bertrand Traore from Lyon for £19m as their summer spending spree hits £84m... and they've now splashed out an incredible £227m in last two seasons! Villa's summer spending has continued with £19m signing of Traore from Lyon He becomes their fourth major buy after Watkins, Cash and Martinez Club has now spent £227m on new players in two Premier League seasons 

By Adam Shergold for MailOnline

Published: 09:16 BST, 19 September 2020 | Updated: 10:04 BST, 19 September 2020

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Aston Villa have confirmed the £19million signing of Lyon forward Bertrand Traore.

The 25-year-old has signed a three-year contract at Villa Park and is the club's fourth major arrival of the summer to take their total spend to £84m.

Dean Smith said: 'We're delighted that Bertrand has chosen to come to Villa. He's a player with immense talent who will really enhance our attacking options.'

Aston Villa have signed Traore from Lyon for £19million as their summer spending continues

Aston Villa have signed Traore from Lyon for £19million as their summer spending continues

Traore is Villa's fourth major arrival of the summer window with £84m spent so far

Traore is Villa's fourth major arrival of the summer window with £84m spent so far

Traore scored four goals and contributed five assists in 35 games for Lyon last season

Traore scored four goals and contributed five assists in 35 games for Lyon last season 

Villa haven't held back with their spending in an effort to re-establish themselves as a Premier League club following their promotion in 2019. 

They spent £143m on new signings last summer and achieved their target of survival, albeit only on the final day of the season.

This summer has seen them buy striker Ollie Watkins from Brentford for an initial £28m that could rise to £33m as well as Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest for £14m and Emiliano Martinez from Arsenal for £20m. 

It takes their spending since returning to the top-flight to £227m over the two seasons. Only Chelsea and Manchester City have spent more in the same period, with Villa's spending roughly equal to .

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