Fulham have completed the capture of Aston Villa midfielder Steven Davis, the club have confirmed today.

Davis has signed a four-year contract at Craven Cottage and the transfer fee is understood to be in the region of £4m. The Northern Ireland international said: “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. 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.”

Fulham manager Lawrie Sanchez added: “Steven is a young and exciting player and one whose signature reaffirms my ambitions for this club. 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.”

Davis scored nine goals in 102 first-team appearances for Villa after coming through the club’s academy. He joins compatriot Aaron Hughes as Sanchez’s first summer signings.