Aston Villa announce signing of Stoke City midfielder Glenn Whelan

Ahmed Elmohamady

Ahmed Elmohamady made 41 appearances in all competitions for Hull City last season

Aston Villa signed the 29-year-old from Hull this week.

The midfielder will likely back up Mile Jedinak in the middle of the park.

He moved there from Sheffield Wednesday in 2008 for £500K and has since made 337 appearances in a Stoke shirt, while becoming a Premier League regular and sometime captain of the team.

Whelan was a regular under both Tony Pulis and Mark Hughes and was a huge fan favourite due to his industry and tenacity.

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The 33-year-old, capped 81 times by the Republic of Ireland, has penned a two-year deal with the Sky Bet Championship club. ".it's one of the very biggest clubs in England and its history and tradition is there for all to see". "I know he has a phenomenal record in achieving promotion to the top-flight and, having spoken to him at length, I am more than aware of how much he wants to get back there again with this great club".

The Republic of Ireland global becomes the fourth new arrival at Villa this summer after the signings of Ahmed Elmohamady, John Terry and Sam Johnstone.

Elmohamady, who has previously worked with Steve Bruce at Hull and Sunderland, is the Villans' third signing of the summer so far, following John Terry and Sam Johnstone.

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