Aston Villa have signed midfielder Glenn Whelan on a two-year deal from Stoke City.
Glenn Whelan capped 81 times by the Republic of Ireland, is Villa’s fourth arrival of the summer.
They have also signed Chelsea centre-back John Terry, Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone and Hull City full-back Ahmed Elmohamady.
Whelan made 336 appearances for Stoke after arriving from Sheffield Wednesday for £500,000 in January 2008.
✍️ We are delighted to announce the signing of Glenn Whelan from @StokeCity…
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) July 20, 2017
“I have enjoyed happy times at Stoke City but now is the time for a new football adventure — and what a club to join in Aston Villa,” Whelan told Villa’s official club website.
“We may be in the Championship but everything about this club screams Premier League — and it’s the job of the players to get us back up there.
“I am looking forward to working with Steve Bruce. I know he has a phenomenal record in achieving promotion to the top flight and, having spoken to him at length, I am more than aware of how much he wants to get back there again with this great club.”
Villa have paid Stoke an initial £1.25m but the fee could rise to £2m with certain add-ons and clauses.