Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is pleased to make Karim El Ahmadi his first signing.

The former Feyenoord midfielder completed his move today.

Lambert said: "Karim will help the team, I have no doubt about that.

"He's a really good footballer and he's played well in a good team, a big team, and I'm looking forward to working with him.

"In fact, I'm really looking forward to getting things going on Thursday when the lads will report back for pre-season."