ASTON Villa won the race for Matthew Lowton’s signature by promising the former Sheffield United full-back an immediate place in their first-team squad.
Lowton completed his much-anticipated move to the Premier League club yesterday when he penned a lucrative four-year contract with Paul Lambert’s side.
A host of other teams, including Fulham and Derby County, were also interested in acquiring the full-back’s services.
But The Star understands that Villa, who agreed an undisclosed sum with United on Thursday evening, jumped to the front of the queue when Lambert told Lowton’s advisors that he viewed their client as a possible starter next term.
“Matthew is a really talented young player who brings a lot of things that can really benefit us as a club,” Lambert said.
“He’s a good player already but he’s only young so he has the potential to be a really good player for us.”
Although there has been no official confirmation of the fee Lowton commanded, sources close to Villa Park claimed last night that Lambert has invested a “seven-figure sum” in one of the driving forces behind United’s march towards last season’s League One play-off final.
Danny Wilson, Lambert’s opposite number at Bramall Lane, pulled out of a deal to sign Czech defender Milan Misun yesterday when the former Celtic centre-half failed his medical.
Villa could invite United to borrow some of their own promising youngsters, such as Samir Carruthers, as part of a reciprocal arrangement.
“Matthew is hungry to succeed and go further in the game,” added Lambert.
“They’re both attributes that we want.”
Lowton, aged 23, made 55 appearances, scoring six goals, for United last season.
He made his debut against Cardiff City in March 2010 having enjoyed spells on loan at Sheffield FC and Hungarian giants Ferencvaros.
Lowton said: “These are exciting times for me.”
DID YOU KNOW: Matthew Lowton is only Paul Lambert’s second signing since taking charge at Villa Park. The former Norwich City manager has also captured Karim El Ahmadi.