Lille have cashed in on Anwar El Ghazi, who has joined English Premier League newcomers Aston Villa on a permanent deal. The 24-year-old has agreed a four-year contract, having spent last season on loan at Villa Park. El Ghazi starred in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final win against Derby last month, scoring the opening goal in a 2-1 victory which clinched Villa’s return to the Premier League.
Villa boss Dean Smith told the club’s official website: “Anwar proved to everybody at Wembley how good a player he can be for Aston Villa. “He’s ready for the step up to the Premier League and he’s a young player who has an awful lot of potential. It’s now my job and the job of the coaching staff and Anwar himself to fulfil the potential that he undoubtedly has. “He’ll be a great addition to the squad for next season.”