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Forest sign Villa midfielder on loan until end of season

Nottingham Forest have signed midfielder Gary Gardner on loan from Aston Villa until the end of the season.

The 22-year-old won five England Under 21 caps under Forest boss Stuart Pearce.

He is available for selection for Forest's match against Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon.

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Darren Bent signs for Derby County on loan

Darren Bent meets his new boss at Derby County Credit: Derby County FC

Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has moved to Derby County on loan until the end of the season.

The 30-year-old centre forward bolsters Steve McClaren’s attacking options with over 100 goals in the top flight to his name.

The player has also represented England when the Derby boss was in charge of the national side and said that was a major reason for him signing.

I am delighted to be here. Derby are flying this season, they have good players, a good squad, a good Head Coach and this is a great move for me.

With Derby, though, we are talking about a team that is fighting for the Championship title and looking to get promoted.

They play really, really good attacking football and the Head Coach played a big part in me coming here.

I worked with Steve when we was at England and I sat down and had the conversation with him and from that, I knew I wanted to come here.

– DARREN BENT, DERBY COUNTY STRIKER

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Nigel Pearson has said he feels no need to apologise following his confrontation with a disgruntled fan during their defeat at home to Liverpool.

The Foxes have not won a game since the 21st of September.

This weekend they travel to Aston Villa - a side who have finally ended their own winless run.

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Keane: Roles with Villa and Ireland became 'too much'

Roy Keane has issued a statement following Aston Villa's announcement the he has left the club, saying his roles with the club and the Irish national team "have become too much".

The former Manchester United midfielder joined Villa in July to assist boss Paul Lambert after his previous backroom staff were sacked following an internal club investigation.

Number two Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa left at the end of last season after an inquiry into off-field matters.

Keane said in a statement: "Ultimately, my roles with Villa and Ireland and combining my commitment to these have become too much.

"It isn't fair to either Villa or Ireland, so I've made this decision.

"I'd like to thank Paul for giving me a great opportunity to come to a brilliant football club, I've really enjoyed my experiences at Villa and I wish the management team, the players, the supporters and the club nothing but the best going forward."

Lambert added: "Roy came to me this morning and he informed me that, ultimately, the difficulty of combining both roles has prompted his decision, which I respect totally.

"In the brief period we have worked together he has been great in the role and I understand his reasons for leaving."

Roy Keane leaves Aston Villa

Aston Villa has announced Roy Keane has left the club with immediate effect. He joined Villa as Assistant Manager in July.

Roy Keane has left the club with immediate effect Credit: PA

The 43-year-old had been splitting his time between Villa and his job as Martin O'Neill's number two with the Republic of Ireland.

Keane has stepped down from the Premier League club ahead of their trip to Burnley on Saturday.

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