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Aston Villa complete Helenius signing
Jun 18, 2013 5:36 PM EST
Aston Villa have completed the signing of Aalborg's Denmark international striker Nicklas Helenius on a three-year-deal.
The 6 ft 5 in 22-year-old is Villa's fourth signing of the off-season and joins international team-mate, Jores Okore, who joined the club last week from Nordsjaelland.
Helenius, who notched 16 goals in 33 Superligaenj games last season, is ecstatic to be moving to the English top-flight and is keen to make his mark in Paul Lambert's young team.
"This is a big opportunity for me, a big dream to play in the Premier League with a club with the history of Aston Villa and I’m very excited," he told the club’s official website.
"I thought that maybe when I was 28 or something I might eventually be able to move to the Premier League having made my mark in Danish football but now I have my chance and I think this is the right club for me with all the other young players in the side who want to do well and achieve something together.
"I want to show the fans that I am hungry for this and that I’m very proud to be a Villa player."
Manager Lambert has been already been busy in the transfer window after the club narrowly avoided relegation last season, finishing just five points clear of the drop.
The Danish player follows Okore, Netherlands Under-21 international Leandro Bacuna and former Lech Poznan winger Aleksandar Tonev, who are all under the age of 24, at Villa Park.
"Nicklas is a young lad but also a full international with a good goalscoring record in Denmark and he’ll prove himself in the Premier League," Lambert added.
"The opportunity will be there for him, as it will be for the rest of the lads, and he has all the attributes to go and take it.
"He wants to go and make a name and a career for himself and he’s made a good start at Aalborg. It’s a case of continuing to work hard and building on that and I believe he can."