Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert thrilled to get Joe Bennett

HAPPY: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert

HAPPY: Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert

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ASTON Villa boss Paul Lambert is thrilled to have signed Joe Bennett from Middlesbrough.

The left-back signed a four-year deal with Villa in a deal which could be worth up to £4.25 million for Boro.

Bennett became Villa boss Paul Lambert’s sixth signing in this transfer window following fellow defenders Ron Vlaar and Matt Lowton, midfielder Karim El Ahmadi, winger Brett Holman and goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

“Joe’s a really good player, young and hungry to succeed,” said Lambert. “He’s exactly the type of player we want here at the football club.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that he will thrive in this environment and he fits in exactly with what we are trying to build here.

“His energy level is really high and he can get up and down the pitch really well.

“He’s an exciting signing and I’m really pleased we’ve been able to take him here.”