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Aston Villa have completed the signing of young Sheffield United right-back Matt Lowton on a four-year deal.

Villa are believed to have paid around £3 million for Lowton, who becomes manager Paul Lambert's second signing following the acquisition of Karim El Ahmadi from Feyenoord.

Lowton, 23, made nearly 100 appearances for the Blades during his time at the club.

"It's every boy's childhood dream to play in the Premier League and it was one of mine," Lowton said. "This opportunity is fantastic and I thank the manager for giving it to me. Hopefully I can repay the faith that's he's shown in me and keep going at a higher level.

"Just from driving up to the training ground you can see the difference in the quality of things. The training ground looks spectacular and the pitches look phenomenal.

"It's a massive club in the Premier League with a big fan base and I'm looking forward to getting to work as soon as I can."

Lambert is pleased to add the versatile and attack-minded youngster to his options.

Lambert said: "Matthew is a really talented young player who brings a lot of things that can really benefit the club.

"He's a good player already and he's only young so he has the potential to be a really good player for us.

"He's hungry to succeed and to go further in the game, both of which are attributes that we want at this football club and that we are looking for.

"We won't put any pressure on him, we just want him to go out and enjoy playing.

"What he's done so far at Sheffield United has been great so hopefully we can progress him a bit and he'll do very well for us."

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