Aston Villa have agreed a deal to sign Aleksander Tonev from Lech Poznan for an undisclosed fee.
The Bulgarian has played alongside Stiliyan Petrov for the national side and admitted his presence at the club helped him make his decision. He has played 11 times in total for Bulgaria and scored a hat-trick against Malta in March.
The 23-year-old has passed his medical and agreed a three-year contract but we have to wait until next week for the deal to be finalised.
On the club’s website the midfielder has expressed his pleasure at joining a club that is “hungry for success” and looks forward to helping the club move onwards and upwards after avoiding relegation last season.
Tonev said he wants to emulate the Premier League success of Petrov and Dimitar Berbatov.
“They are both great Bulgarian players and hopefully I can do the same and make my mark on the Premier League,” he said.
Petrov, new assistant development coach after his retirement, is excited about the signing and believes it won’t take long for him to win over fans.
“I think Villa fans have one exciting player on their hands. He is the kind of player who can really make an impact in this young, exciting team. We spoke last night and he is really looking forward to it. He knows that it will be a challenge but he is ready for it,” he said on the clubs website.