Aston Villa have signed young Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.
The 21-year-old Royals youth product played 17 times for the club since his Football League debut in a 4-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest in August 2014.
He made 23 league appearances in a half-season loan with League Two side Hartlepool United in 2014-15.
Tshibola will be reunited with former Royals boss Steve Clarke, who is now Villa’s assistant manager.
Villa manager Roberto di Matteo told the club website: “He’s a highly- rated and well respected young player who will provide us with plenty of energy, courage and determination in the middle of the park.
“I am confident he will be a tremendous addition to our squad for the very important new season – and beyond.”