Done Deal: Aston Villa splash cash for Cash

Aston Villa sign Cash
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Aston Villa sign Cash: Villa completed their signing of highly-rated Nottingham Forest defender Matty Cash on Thursday, reportedly paying $18 million (up to $21 million with add-ons) to the EFL Championship club.

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The 23-year-old right back graduated from the Forest academy at 18 years old and quickly became a star in four seasons at the City Ground. He joins Villa on a five-year contract set to run through the summer of 2025.

Cash is more of a defensive-minded right back than many of the new-age full backs who bomb forward and join attack with nearly reckless abandon. That style will be a welcome addition to a Villa side which conceded 67 goals in 38 games last season (second-most in the Premier League). He also spent time deployed as a wide midfielder for Forest before making his permanent home along the backline.

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The signing of Matty Cash represents Villa’s first major signing of the summer transfer window. Sheffield United and West Ham United had previous bids for Cash rejected earlier this summer.

According to Sky Sports, “Villa boss Dean Smith was a big factor in [Cash’s] decision to make the move.” Smith has hailed Cash as “one of England’s brightest young prospects.”

This year’s “summer” transfer window is set to run until Oct. 5.