Aston Villa have snapped up Sheffield United’s highly-rated defender Matthew Lowton for an initial £3million.
We reported on Thursday that Villa chief Paul Lambert was hoping to make the 23-year-old right-back his second summer acquisition following on from midfielder Karim El Ahmadi.
And, the Scot wasted no time in agreeing terms with the Blades before getting Lowton to the club’s Bodymoor Heath training ground for a medical.
There were no problems and Lowton, who has made nearly 100 appearances for the Blades since making his first team debut during the 2009-2010 campaign, will get an opportunity to test his abilities in the Premier League next season.
He is also the latest right-back to work his way through the League One outfit’s Academy and into the Premier League following on from Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker.
Lowton’s arrival also raises question marks over the future of current Scotland international full-back Alan Hutton’s future at Villa Park.