By Matt Bullin

Aston Villa have completed the signing of former Stoke City ace Glenn Whelan, it has been confirmed.

The 33-year-old central midfielder has penned a two-year deal with the Villans, which has ended his nine-year stay at the Potters.

Villa announced the news on their official website and on their official Twitter account on Thursday morning, and Stoke confirmed his departure shortly after on their own website and Twitter account.

The confirmation comes after Sky Sports News reported on their live transfer blog on Thursday morning that the Irishman was ready to make a £1.5million move to Villa.

Whelan becomes Villans manager Steve Bruce’s fourth signing of the summer as he follows John Terry, Sam Johnstone and Ahmed Elmohamady through the doors at Villa Park.

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The 33-year-old was a mainstay in Stoke’s engine room last term, making 31 appearances across all competitions.

He joined Stoke in January 2008 from Sheffield Wednesday in a £600,000 switch, and he went on to play 337 league and cup games for the club.

Whelan will bolster the Birmingham giants’ squad and he will join a team vying for promotion next term.

The 33-year-old has been capped by the Republic of Ireland on 81 occasions, and he captained his nation in the 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Austria last month.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, they have taken a Premier League veteran on trial.

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