Villa sign Lille winger El Ghazi on loan
Aston Villa have signed Anwar El Ghazi on a season-long loan from Lille.
Capped twice by Netherlands, 23-year-old winger El Ghazi is a graduate of Ajax's feted youth system.
After breaking into the first team, he seemed set for stardom in Amsterdam before a fallout with then head coach Petr Bosz paved the way for his switch to Lille in January 2017.
El Ghazi scored five times in 39 Ligue 1 appearances, but was not part of Lille boss Christophe Galtier's plans for the current campaign.
First of all I would like to thank all of Lille’s fans for everything. You will forever remain in my heart and you never know what the future will bring. Right now I am really happy with this new challenge and I am looking forward to meeting all Aston Villa fans. pic.twitter.com/FEvVbgPtFw— Anwar El Ghazi (@AElGhazi7) August 22, 2018
He will now hope to aid Steve Bruce's bid to return Villa to the Premier League after last season's play-off final loss to Fulham.