Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Villa make double swoop

Jores Okore is the latest young player to arrive at Villa Park

Aston Villa have confirmed the double capture of Denmark defender Jores Okore and Dutch midfielder Leandro Bacuna.

Villa announced on Thursday afternoon that 20-year-old centre-back Okore had joined them from FC Nordsjaelland on a four-year contract.

That was swiftly followed by the news that Bacuna's switch from FC Groningen had also been completed, the 21-year-old having put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal.

Okore told www.avfc.co.uk: "I know there is great potential in the team. I have watched many of our games because the Premier League is very popular back in Denmark.

"I know also that we have a good coach and this is a really good club. This is the right club for me, I feel it straight away."

With Nordsjaelland, Ivory Coast-born Okore won the Danish cup in 2011 and league title in 2011-12, and featured in the Champions League group stages last term.

He made his debut for the Danish national team in November 2011 and has won seven senior caps.

Of his new club, Okore said: "We have good players all around. It's going to be tough but I really hope I can go in and show myself and be a big part of the team.

"I want to bring something new to our game and really help the team into a new era. If I was to describe myself, I think I'm a big, strong defender with good pace.

"Obviously, my priority is to be a really good defensive player but I think I can bring something to our game offensively, too, and maybe start some attacks. We have players who have experience of the Premier League and hopefully I can also bring something from my experience in the Champions League."

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