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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.

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

Dean Hammond signs new contract at Leicester

Dean Hammond signs new contract at Leicester Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Leicester midfielder Dean Hammond has signed a new contract with Leicester City after his previous deal expired.

The 32-year-old made just 12 appearances last season, with the club battling for Premier League Survival.

Hammond was out of contract at the end of June but will stay on for another 12 months.

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