Villa bag Bouma

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Aston Villa have completed the signing of Dutch defender Wilfred Bouma.

Bouma has signed a three-year deal at Villa Park after Villa agreed a £3.5 million deal with PSV Eindhoven.

Villa boss David O'Leary has been chasing defensive reinforcements all summer and he has finally moved to bolster his ranks by bringing in Bouma.

The 27-year-old arrived in England for talks on Monday and he has now put pen to paper on his contract after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.

O'Leary made the move for Bouma because of continued concerns surrounding the fitness of Martin Laursen.

Villa are reported to be have beaten off late interest from Liverpool to land Bouma.

Bouma is Villa's sixth new arrival of the summer, as O'Leary looks to turn Villa into European contenders this season.