Matty Cash said Aston Villa blew all the other clubs out of the water once they came in for him.

The 23-year-old defender sealed a £16m move from Nottingham Forest revealing once Villa were in, all bets were off.

Cash said: “My agent rang me and said Villa were interested, and immediately it was the place I wanted to come to. I said, ‘don’t even worry about anywhere else, I want to come here and play’.

“It’s such a big football club, from the fanbase to the stadium. Every time I played at Villa Park before it just sold itself to me.

Matty Cash has earned a move to the Premier League.

“It’s a very proud moment for me and my family, and I can’t wait to get started. Playing for such a big club is going to be brilliant.”

Cash's big money move gave him time to reflect on when he wasn't quit ein so much demand and was released by Wycombe.

He added: “It’s been a crazy journey from the age of 17, getting released to kicking on. I had a very good five years at Forest and I can’t thank them enough – they were very good to me.

“Signing for Villa is a huge moment, and I want to thank everyone who’s supported me through this process.

“I’m coming off a good season and I’m ready to take that into the Premier League with Villa.”

Villa boss Dean Smith said: “We are delighted to welcome Matty to Villa and believe we have secured one of England’s brightest young prospects.

“He has an excellent playing record for a young player and we believe he will settle in easily and continue his rapid development into a top full-back.”