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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 July 2007, 12:03 GMT 13:03 UK
Fulham complete 4m Davis swoop
Steven Davis
Davis played under Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez for Northern Ireland
Fulham have signed Aston Villa midfielder Steven Davis for a fee of around 4m.

The 22-year-old has agreed a four-year deal at Craven Cottage.

The move reunites Davis with Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez, who Davis played under during his time as Northern Ireland manager.

"Steven is a young and exciting player and one whose signature reaffirms my ambitions for this club," Sanchez told Fulham's website.

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"I made him the youngest player to captain Northern Ireland with good reason - his commitment, passion and enthusiasm for the game are hard to rival, and I know that he will bring real quality to our squad."

It was decision that took a lot of consideration as I have been at Aston Villa throughout my playing career, so leaving was not an easy choice to make

Steven Davis

Davis scored nine goals in 102 games for Villa after coming through the youth ranks at Villa Park.

He follows in the footsteps of NI skipper Aaron Hughes who left Villa Park for Fulham in a 1m deal on 27 June.

"I am pleased that we have been able to reach an agreement between the two clubs to enable me to play for Fulham next season," added Davis.

"It was decision that took a lot of consideration as I have been at Aston Villa throughout my playing career, so leaving was not an easy choice to make.

"However, I discussed the move with the Fulham manager and we talked about his plans here, which really impressed me.

"So although it's sad to be leaving Villa, I know this is the right decision for me and my future

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