Premier League club Aston Villa have signed American international Michael Bradley on loan until the end of the season.
The Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder impressed for his country at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and has joined the Midlands outfit on a short-term deal after passing a medical on Monday.
He will bolster Villa boss Gerard Houllier’s midfield options as the 1982 European Cup winners look to climb into the top half of the Premier League table.
“I am really excited to be joining Villa,” Bradley told the club’s official website.
“I am proud and thrilled and can’t wait to get going now. Everyone can see that Villa is a big club, a fantastic club, with tradition and great supporters.”
“Over the past few years Villa have made big strides and are trying to challenge at the very top of the Premier League. I am excited to be part of that and I am excited to be here.”
“I want to play at the highest level and test myself in the biggest of games. Whether it’s on Saturday against Fulham at Villa Park or the week after, I am excited to be here and ready to get going.”
Houllier sang the praises of his new signing, admitting his performances in South Africa played a big part in his desire to bring him to Birmingham.
“Michael is a very hard-working midfielder who can score goals and is versatile. I saw him play four times at the World Cup in South Africa,” Houllier said.
“I saw him once on TV but four times at the games for the national team, so in terms of scouting you cannot say the work has not been done. We’re pleased that he is here at Aston Villa.”