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Sherwood bemoans Aston Villa sickness

Tim Sherwood has revealed a sickness bug has swept through the Aston Villa camp ahead of their clash with Sunderland.

The boss is waiting on a number of players ahead of Saturday's Premier League visit of the Black Cats.

Tim Sherwood says there's quite a few sick players around Villa. Credit: PA

"There's a sickness bug around the training ground so there are a few players who have not been able to make training," he said.

"We have a couple of players, I don't want to tell you who who they are but they're not here today because they are ill.

"They are not well today and the doc is having to do some overtime. We could miss a couple and there's a couple who are not well now. I'd rather they weren't well now rather than tomorrow.

"There must be a bug going around, we're just hoping it's made its way to the north-east."

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Westwood pens new five-year deal at Aston Villa

Westwood has signed a new five-year deal. Credit: PA

Ashley Westwood has penned a new five-year contract at Aston Villa, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

The 25-year-old midfielder moved to Villa Park from Crewe in 2012 and has gone on to establish himself in the first-team picture.

And having played all of Saturday's opening day win at Bournemouth, Westwood has now committed himself to Villa for the foreseeable future. "I am extremely pleased to sign a new contract and commit my future to Aston Villa," he told the club's official website.

"I was made to feel very welcome from the moment I first walked through the door and I'm very happy at the club.

"I believe I'm now entering what I hope will be the peak years of my career and I look forward to spending them here."

Aston Villa set to sign Barcelona winger

Traore is set to join Aston Villa. Credit: PA

Aston Villa are closing in on Barcelona's Adama Traore, Press Association Sport understands.

The winger is not yet at the Barclays Premier League club to put the finishing touches to the deal but could be a Villa player by the time they face Manchester United on Friday.

Stoke were also interested in the 19-year-old but Villa are now understood to be in pole position.

Traore has been a long-term target of boss Tim Sherwood, who refused to discuss any deal last week.

He said: "He's a good player, but at the moment he's a Barcelona's player."

Traore, a Spain Under-19 international, has risen through the ranks at the Nou Camp and would offer Sherwood further attacking options.

He would become his 10th signing of the summer should the deal go through as Sherwood continues a summer revamp in the wake of the exits of Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph and Ron Vlaar.

The boss had suggested he would target English players after raiding France for Jordan Veretout, Jordan Amavi and Jordan Ayew but instead Spaniard Traore is close to joining.

England winger Aaron Lennon is also a potential signing for Villa with the winger on the fringes at Tottenham.

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