Aston Villa have signed their first new player for next season after agreeing a pre-contract deal with Brett Holman.
The Australian attacker will join the claret and blues in the summer when his current deal with Dutch league leaders AZ Alkmaar expires.
Holman, 27, is an attacking midfielder who can play through the centre as a second striker or operate on the wing.
He started his career at hometown club Parramatta Power in Sydney, but moved to Holland as a teenager in 2002.
After a lack of opportunities at Feyenoord he joined SBV Excelsior on loan before being transferred to NEC Nijmegen.
In 2008, he joined Alkmaar when he was signed by Louis Van Gaal.
In January, Holman was quoted as saying he was seeking a move away from the Dutch Eredivisie, but aimed to leave on a high.
“After January I can sign a pre-contract if somebody comes in and that’s positive proof that a club wants you,” he said.
“In the meantime, the club is in a great position and I have the chance to go out on a high here,” he said.
“We are still in the Europa League, the Dutch Cup and also top of the league, so hopefully we can press on a repeat in the second half of the season what we accomplished before Christmas.”
Holman has won more than 50 caps for the Socceroos.