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Aston Villa sign Barnsley captain Conor Hourihane

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Aston Villa have signed Conor Hourihane from Barnsley, the Championship clubs have confirmed.

The 25-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

He joins former Barnsley team-mate James Bree and is Steve Bruce’s fifth signing of the transfer window.

Aston Villa are a massive club and I’m looking forward to a new chapter in my career and developing further as a player under Steve Bruce.

– Conor Hourihane

Aston Villa announce Lansbury signing

Henri Lansbury Credit: PA

Aston Villa have announced the signing of midfielder Henri Lansbury.

The 26-year-old arrives at the club on a four-and-a-half-year deal from Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee.

Lansbury, who came through the ranks at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger, becomes Steve Bruce’s second signing of the transfer window.

He said:

I am delighted to be here at Aston Villa.

As soon as I knew Aston Villa were interested, I wanted to come here.

– Henri Lansbury

Minute's applause to be held at Midlands derby

Graham Taylor died of a heart attack on Thursday Credit: PA

Wolves and Villa fans will hold a minute's applause in memory of Graham Taylor ahead of tomorrow's Midlands derby.

The 72-year-old, who managed both clubs, died of a heart attack on Thursday.

Villa and Wolves players from past and present will lay flowers prior to kickoff and fans will be invited to take part in a minute's applause.

The flags at Molineux have been flying at half mast since news of Taylor's untimely death broke.

A four-page tribute will be included within Saturday's match day programme.

Appeal for clubs to stage tribute to Graham Taylor

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The English Football League is appealing for clubs to stage a minute's applause this weekend to honour popular Midlands manager Graham Taylor, who died at the age of 72.

The ex-Aston Villa manager died of a suspected heart attack at his home on Thursday.

Clubs will have the option of wearing black armbands in his memory ahead of the weekend's fixtures.

Tributes have been pouring in from across the football and entertainment world.

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Graham Taylor's death was 'totally unexpected'

Graham Taylor's death was 'unexpected' Credit: BPM media

Graham’s family have this afternoon released a short statement, explaining that the death was entirely unexpected:

With the greatest sadness, we have to announce that Graham passed away at his home early this morning of a suspected heart attack.

The family are devastated by this sudden and totally unexpected loss.

– Family statement

Sir Doug Ellis, former Villa owner and chairman, who brought Taylor to the club on both occasions, spoke of his shock at the news this afternoon:

We had five years working together very well. I am shocked, absolutely shocked.

He died in his sleep, apparently. I wasn’t aware he had any illness.

– Sir Doug Ellis

Sir Elton John pays tribute to former Midlands manager

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Sir Elton John has expressed his sadness via an Instagram post to the former Midlands manager Graham Taylor.

The pop star was Taylor's chairman at Watford during his time as manager.

He wrote: "I am deeply saddened and shocked to hear about Graham's passing. He was like a brother to me"

Wolves 'extremely saddened' over death of Graham Taylor

Wolverhampton Wanderers have said they are "extremely saddened" to head about the death of their former manager Graham Taylor.

He was appointed by Sir Jack Hayward in March 1994, replacing Graham Turned.

He took the Midlands club to fourth in Division One to qualify for the playoffs.

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