James Milner says he cannot wait to line up alongside Stewart Downing as the Aston Villa new boy closes in on a return to fitness.
The England international arrived at Villa Park in the summer from Middlesbrough with a fractured foot, but Martin O'Neill was nonetheless willing to part with £10million, which could rise to £12million, to secure his services.
Downing's debut in claret and blue has been pencilled in for next month and Milner, who is competing with his new team-mate for a place in England's World Cup squad, is confident he will add real quality to Villa's squad.
"It is great to have Stewart nearly fit," Milner told the Birmingham Mail.
"He is a top player. He will prove to be a great signing for us, another good addition.
"He has started training again. He has been out for a while so it will take him a few games to get that fitness back but he has worked very hard to get where he is.
"It wasn't a nice injury. It was a tough injury to get back from but he has worked very hard and it will be great to have him back and another great addition to the squad."