Villa snap up in-demand Kamara on a free
Aston Villa have snapped up Boubacar Kamara on a five-year contract.
The 22-year-old midfielder, who has just won his first France call-up following a fine season with Marseille, joins Steven Gerrard's squad as a free agent.
Gerrard said: "I am delighted we have been able to attract one of the most promising young talents in European football.
"We have a very clear plan to make our team stronger and Bouba is an important part of that."
After emerging from their academy, Kamara racked up well over a century of first-team appearances for Marseille as he became one of the most in-demand young players in European football.
And Villa wasted no time in securing their man after his contract with the Ligue 1 side expired.
The Villans came tantalisingly close to helping Gerrard's old side Liverpool win the Premier League title yesterday.
They took a two-goal lead against Manchester City but were stunned as Pep Guardiola's men battled back to secure a dramatic 3-2 victory and retain their crown.
The win saw City pip the Reds to glory by just a point, while Villa finished 14th after an encouraging spell under Gerrard's leadership.
Gerrard, 41, replaced Dean Smith in November with the Villans sitting 16th in the table.