Kortney Hause has revealed his delight after making his £3m move from Wolves to Villa permanent.
The clubs confirmed the switch today after Villa triggered the permanent option in their agreement following a successful loan spell last season. They made their move amid interest from rival clubs. The 23-year-old played 12 games, including a substitute’s appearance in the winning Championship play-off final, to help Villa back to promotion.
After confirmation of the transfer, Hause tweeted: “Delighted to be joining the club on a permanent. What we achieved last season was good but we need to push on again. Focused and ready. Let’s go.”
Hause becomes one of Wolves’ most expensive defender sales, after costing just £175,000 from Wycombe in January 2014. He follows Joleon Lescott (£5m to Everton in 2006 plus £2m sell-on to Manchester City in 2009) and Danny Batth (£3m to Stoke City in 2018).
The former England Under-20 and Under-21 international becomes Villa’s fourth signing since winning promotion to the Premier League, after Jota, Anwar El Ghazi and Wesley Moraes so far this summer.
Hause made 80 appearances for Wolves in five-and-a-half years at Molineux. But he played just six times in 18 months under head coach Nuno Espirito Santo with Ryan Bennett, Conor Coady and Willy Boly the regular back three, with Romain Saiss the established back-up. He last appeared for Wolves in the Carabao Cup third round defeat on penalties to Leicester in September after also playing in the second round win at Sheffield Wednesday. His debut for Wolves was also at Hillsborough, in a 1-0 Championship win there in December 2014.
Hause actually played more in Villa’s Championship promotion season than he did in Wolves’, appearing just once in the League under Nuno in 2017-18, the 3-0 win against Brentford on January 2. Ironically in that appearance, Villa boss Smith – then in charge of the Bees – was in the opposing dugout
Hause becomes the second senior defender to depart Molineux this summer, after Ethan Ebanks-Landell was sold to Shrewsbury Town. At Villa he showed some solid form, both at left back and centre back, and Dean Smith’s side won seven and lost four of the 12 games Hause played.