CONFIRMED: James Bree makes £3m move from Barnsley to Aston Villa

The 28-year-old Iceland global was unveiled by the club on Twitter, after completing a medical on Wednesday morning.

Bjarnason, 28, joins from Basel on a three-and-a-half-year deal and is an Icelandic worldwide.

He was a member of Basel's Swiss Super League title-winning squad in 2015-16 and was a key part of the Iceland team that reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, scoring his country's first ever goal in a major tournament against Portugal.

Corkman Conor Hourihane is close to joining Aston Villa from Barnsley in a deal reportedly worth £3 million.

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He will add competition at Villa for veteran defender Alan Hutton, giving manager Steve Bruce an interesting selection decision to make in the short term, while in the long term it is expected that Bree will nail down the position as his own.

The 19-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half year contract at Villa Park.

The FC Basel midfielder has already rejected an offer to join Turkish giants Trabzonspor this winter and will instead continue his career in England at Villa Park. It's a very big club.

Bree becomes Villa's third signing of the January window, following Henri Lansbury from Nottingham Forest and Sam Johnstone on loan from Man United.

  • Regina Holmes