Alan Hutton has told Aston Villa's official site that he was 'really excited' as soon as he heard of their interest in Scott Sinclair.
Villa had been tracking the Manchester City midfielder for some time and they finally secured their man last week, with the England international signing a deal which will keep him with Paul Lambert's side until the end of the season.
Sinclair has been brought to the club in the hope that he will increase their attacking threat and Hutton certainly believes that he can offer a lot to the team.
"I have always thought he was a good player," Hutton said. "When I first heard we were interested in him, I was really excited about it because I know his qualities as a forward. I knew it would be a good signing.
"I played against him when he was at Swansea - I remember it being a really tough game for myself.
"He has showed a touch of class since he's been here. He is very sharp. You can see how good he is technically. He is excellent with the ball at his feet."
Sinclair made his debut for the club against Arsenal last weekend, coming off the substitutes' bench late on, but he was powerless to stop the team falling to a 5-0 defeat against the Gunners.
The manner of the loss has subjected the squad to further scrutiny from supporters and Sinclair faces a tough task to find his top form in such a pressurised environment.
The 25-year-old has been starved of regular game time in recent seasons, but he will be hoping show his ability whilst on loan with Villa.
If he can reach his optimum levels he will be a weapon for Villa and the club will certainly be relying on him to hit top form as they have only mustered up 11 goals in their opening 23 Premier League matches this season.