Aston Villa sign Valencia defender Cissokho

London: Aston Villa signed French defender Aly Cissokho from Spanish club Valencia on Friday.

Cissokho agreed a four-year contract with Villa as the left-back made a quick return to the Premier League after spending last season on loan at Liverpool.

"Aly Cissokho has joined us on a four-year deal from ValenciaCF, subject to international clearance," a post on Villa`s official Twitter feed announced.

The 26-year-old, who has one cap for France, made 15 Premier League and four cup appearances for Liverpool and is believed to have cost Villa in the region of £2 million ($3.3 million).

Cissokho, who won the Portuguese league title during his time at Porto and the French Cup while at Lyon, is Villa manager Paul Lambert`s fourth signing since the end of last term.

He follows Philippe Senderos, Joe Cole and Kieran Richardson to Villa Park.