Aston Villa sign Jordan Veretout from Nantes

Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of French midfielder Jordan Veretout from Nantes for an undisclosed fee.

Veretout, 22, starred for the Ligue 1 club last season and Villa have made the France under-21 international their fourth signing of the summer.

Villa manager Tim Sherwood told the club's official website: "I'm really pleased Jordan decided to choose Aston Villa over the other options he had and opt to continue his development with us.

"He is only 22 years old but he is vastly experienced for someone that age. He has played over 140 games in Ligue 1 and is a really exciting young player.

"I know he is very highly rated over in France so we are delighted to get this deal over the line."

Nantes president Waldemar Kita admitted on Wednesday that he could not keep Veretout, saying: "I have to give in. He's 22. He's got a great future ahead of him, and he's going to play for a big English club."

Villa boss Tim Sherwood has already signed Idrissa Gueye from Lille, Jordan Amavi from Nice and Jordan Ayew from Lorient.

Veretout, who scored seven goals in 36 Ligue 1 outings last season, had also been linked with Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Bournemouth and Southampton.