Aston Villa have confirmed they have struck a New Year deal with Shamrock Rovers for the signing of Republic of Ireland Under-21 international defender Enda Stevens.
The 21-year-old was a part of the team that beat Partizan Belgrade to reach the Europa League group stages and will remain with Shamrock until January.
Stevens is excited about the prospect of a 'dream' move to the Premier League and is looking forward to linking up with some of his compatriots at Villa Park.
He said: "This is massive for me. It's a dream come true. I never expected it to come as soon as it has, especially after the last few games in Europe.
"I grew up following and watching the Premier League and I can dream of playing in it now. Villa have had some great Irish players and been very good for Irish players.
"I'm a player who likes to get forward, can defend and I like to play football. I like to get the ball down and play."