Aston Villa defender Joe Bennett joins Brighton & Hove Albion on loan

Lewis Holtby of Fulham is challenged by Joe Bennett of Aston Villa during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Fulham at Villa Park on April 5, 2014
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Aston Villa defender Joe Bennett joins Brighton on a season-long loan.

Brighton & Hove Albion have signed Aston Villa defender Joe Bennett on a season-long loan deal.

The 24-year-old underwent a medical on Wednesday afternoon before agreeing to join the Championship club.

Bennett has spent the past two years with Villa following a move from Middlesbrough.

"I'm delighted we have agreed with Joe and Aston Villa to bring him here on a season-long loan," Brighton boss Sami Hyypia told the club's official website.

"He is a dynamic left-back, who's very comfortable on the ball. He's very mobile and will suit the way we want to play. He is a good footballer, who knows how to use the ball and I hope he will be a very good player for us."

Bennett could make his debut for Brighton on Saturday when they host Bolton Wanderers in the Championship.

Sami Hyypia, manager of Brighton & Hove Albion, looks on prior to the friendly match against Partick Thistle at Arena Football Center on July 12, 2014
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