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Aston Villa announce signing of French midfielder

Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of French midfielder Jordan Veretout on a five-year deal.

Jordan Veretout has signed a five-year deal at Aston Villa Credit: avfc.co.uk

The 22 year-old has arrived for an undisclosed fee from Ligue 1 outfit Nantes, where he scored seven league goals in 36 matches last season.

Veretout collected nine caps for France's under-21 team between 2013 and 2014, but has never been selected for the senior squad.

He joins fellow summer signings at Villa Park Scott Sinclair, Micah Richards, Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Amavi, Jordan Ayew and Jose Angel Crespo.

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Aston Villa agree deal to sign Jose Angel Crespo

Jose Angel Crespo joins Villa from Cordoba Credit: PA

Aston Villa have agreed a deal to sign defender Jose Angel Crespo from Cordoba, the Spanish club have announced.

The 28-year-old full-back started his career at Sevilla, where he was part of the squad that won the 2006 UEFA Cup, before going on to play for Racing Santander, as well as Padova, Bologna and Verona in Italy.

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Shackell signs three-year deal to rejoin Derby County

Derby County have re-signed defender Jason Shackell from fellow Championship rivals Burnley.

The 31-year-old centre-back has joined Derby on a three-year contract, with the Rams paying an undisclosed fee to the Lancashire club.

Shackell is no stranger to Derby, after spending a season with the club during the 2011/12 campaign.

He appeared on 49 occasions in all competitions, before moving to Turf Moor in July 2012.

Stoke City continue summer recruitment

Stoke City have continued their summer recruitment drive, signing former Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given, and Chelsea midfielder, Marco van Ginkel.

Given in action for Aston Villa Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Given has signed a two-year deal with the club, and van Ginkel joins on a season-long loan.

The veteran Irish international replaces Thomas Sorenson, who left the Potters at the end of the last season, although Stoke look set to lose another goalkeeper, with reports suggesting Asmir Begovic is close to joining Chelsea.

That's where Marco van Ginkel has come from - the Dutchman seeing his chances at Chelsea limited after spending last season out on loan at AC Milan.

I know Shay particularly well from our time together at Manchester City and I'm really looking forward to working with him again.

He will not only be a great asset on the pitch as an outstanding goalkeeper but he's also a fantastic character to have in the dressing room and around the club - a true professional."

– Mark Hughes, Stoke City manager
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