Aston Villa have signed a pre-contract agreement with AZ Alkmaar midfielder Brett Holman which will see the Australian move to England as a free agent in the summer.
The 27-year-old, who plays in wide areas, will be out of contract at the end of the season and has therefore been able to hold discussions with Villa.
Holman has been capped 53 times by Australia and under-pressure Villa boss Alex McLeish thinks it will prove an excellent signing.
McLeish told Villa's official website: "Brett is a very intelligent player, a great team player and a man who is recognised in the game as a non-stop, committed wide midfield player.
"He has international experience and he has played in the Champions League and at European level for the past few years. He will add significantly to the experience in the Villa squad."
Holman was lured by Villa's history, but insists he will not lose focus on the rest of the season at Alkmaar.
He said: "I'm delighted to have agreed terms with Aston Villa and I am looking forward to joining up with the team in the summer.
"Villa have a long and prestigious history in English football and a fantastic set of fans.
"In the meantime, I have a job to do with AZ in trying to finish the season as Eredivisie champions, as cup winners and progressing as far as possible in the Europa competition."