Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill is delighted with his capture of Chelsea midfielder Steve Sidwell.

Sidwell underwent a medical at Villa Park yesterday before joining his team-mates on a pre-season trip to Switzerland.

The midfielder is believed to have received a large kickback from the £5m transfer in lieu of the pay cut he has taken after giving up a £65,000-a-week salary at Stamford Bridge which would have smashed Villa's pay structure.

O'Neill was delighted to have added his first new face of the summer, saying: "He is of the right age, and I believe the right quality, to take Aston Villa forward.

"For whatever reason, it didn't work out for him at Stamford Bridge. But he remains hungry to do well and to prove himself and I'm delighted to have him with us."