Middlesbrough have signed Adama Traore from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee.
The 20-year-old becomes the club’s 11th signing this summer and has penned a four-year contract.
Albert Adomah has also joined Villa from Boro but the deals were separate, although neither club were prepared to sell until they got a replacement.
Traore only joined Villa on a five-year deal last summer, for around B£12million, but struggled to make an impact as Villa were relegated from the Premier League.
“He is another important player and I am expecting a lot from him,” Boro boss Aitor Karanka told the club’s official site.
“I’ve known him since he was a kid. He went into the national team just after I left, but I know all about him and what he can do.
“His level is higher than he showed last season, but in the right environment I’m hoping that he will show what he is capable of.”
Traore only made 11 appearances for Villa last season – 10 substitute appearances in the Premier League – and scored once.
The former Barcelona youngster spent most of his time at Catalan club with Barcelona B in the Spanish Segunda, where he played more than 60 games and scored eight goals.