Manchester City have signed former England Under-21 goalkeeper Stuart Taylor from Aston Villa in a move that will allow Joe Hart to leave Eastlands for Birmingham City on loan.
Taylor, who follows Gareth Barry from Villa Park to City, will serve as back-up to first-choice goalkeeper Shay Given, with Hart expected to join Birmingham City in a season-long switch in the coming days.
The 28-year-old spent four years at Villa after joining from Arsenal. Taylor revealed he chose City after speaking to Villa's No.1 Brad Friedel, who knows boss Mark Hughes from their days together at Blackburn.
'I talked to Brad for some advice and he couldn't speak highly enough of the manager and his goalkeeping coach Kevin Hitchcock,' saidTaylor.
'He has a high regard for Kevin as a person as well as a coach and I can't wait to start.