Orjan Nyland was announced as Aston Villa’s third summer signing this evening, and the second goalkeeper acquisition of the window.
Words by Regan Foy (@FindFoy)
Aston Villa have this evening announced that Norwegian goalkeeper Orjan Nyland has joined the club, agreeing a three year deal.
The fee has remained undisclosed, but it is believed to be around the £1,000,000 mark, as rumoured on social media.
Nyland, who has been capped over 25 times for the Norwegian National Team, has been playing for 2. Bundesliga side FC Ingolstadt 04 for a number of years, but started his career in his native country for Hodd, where he won the Norwegian Football Cup, before moving to Molde.
Aston Villa fans have been expecting the announcement for a number of days, after spotting the goalkeeper enjoying a round of golf with his agent Jim Solbakken, and now team-mate Birkir Bjarnason, who shares the same agent. It turns out the round of golf was at the Belfry, where Aston Villa do much of their business, and fans put two-and-two together.
Orjan Nyland becomes the third signing of the window for Aston Villa, who earlier in the year faced administration – a kind turn for the club.
Not only is he the third signing of the window, he’s the second goalkeeper brought in. Aston Villa now have five senior goalkeepers available for selection – if you count youngster Matija Sarkic – making for some serious competition for the number one spot.
Talking to the club, Nyland said:
“I’m looking forward to playing for this big club and can’t wait to get started.”
“I also can’t wait to play in front of the fans – I’ve heard they’re quite fantastic. I’m looking forward to experiencing their support for myself.”