James Bree signs for Aston Villa
The 19-year-old, who rose through the ranks at Barnsley, was key to helping the Tykes gain promotion to the Championship last season.
His performances reportedly attracted the interest of Premier League giants Arsenal and Manchester United, but Aston Villa have won the race for his signature.
Bree has put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half year deal at Villa Park and is looking forward to working under Villa manager Steve Bruce.
Bruce, who was a big factor in Bree's move, has alternated between Ritchie De Laet, Alan Hutton and Leandro Bacuna at right-back this season.
Bree told the club's official website: “I’m delighted to have joined Aston Villa.
“I’ve been at Barnsley since I was young and it’s helped me develop. I will always be grateful.
“I’m joining a massive club and hopefully I can bring something to this team.
“Steve Bruce was a big factor in my decision, when I met him I knew it was the right move for me.
“The facilities are great and it’ll be nice to get going, get started and see what I can do this season for the team.”
Bree becomes Villa's third signing of the January window, following Henri Lansbury from Nottingham Forest and Sam Johnstone on loan from Man United.