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Middlesbrough sign former Barcelona winger

Adama Traore has made the move. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough have signed former Barcelona winger Adama Traore from Aston Villa.

Traore moves to the Riverside on a four-year deal, becoming manager Aitor Karanka's 11th signing of the summer.

He is another important player and I am expecting a lot from him.

I’ve known him since he was a kid. He went into the national team just after I left, but I know all about him and what he can do.

His level is higher than he showed last season, but in the right environment I’m hoping that he will show what he is capable of.

– Aitor Karanka

Aston Villa sign striker Kodjia from Bristol City

Championship side Aston Villa have snapped up striker Jonathan Kodjia from Bristol City.

The fee for Kodjia could rise to £15million, with the forward signing a four-year deal at Villa Park.

Aston Villa sign full-back from Leicester

Aston Villa have completed the signing of Ritchie De Laet from Leicester City, the Championship club have confirmed.

The former Manchester United defender, who spent time on loan at Middlesbrough last season, has signed a three-year deal at Villa Park.


Aston Villa defender rejects Rangers move

Joleon Lescott has decided against a move to Rangers following talks with the club.

Lescott visited Glasgow but it is understood he has told manager Mark Warburton that he does not want to move to Scotland for family reasons.

Joleon Lescott isn't in Roberto Di Matteo's plans. Credit: PA

The 34-year-old, who has a young family, was available on a free transfer with Aston Villa prepared to pay a portion of his final year's salary. The former Everton player has also been linked with a move to David Moyes' Sunderland.

Warburton could now turn to Philippe Senderos in his search for a fourth centre-back. The 31-year-old former Arsenal defender is a free agent and has been training with the club this week.

Rangers are still on course to sign Preston striker Joe Garner in a £1.5million deal, but it is unlikely to be completed before Saturday's Ladbrokes Premiership clash with Motherwell.

Aston Villa have offer accepted for West Brom defender

Chester is poised for a move to Aston Villa. Credit: PA

West Brom have accepted a bid from Aston Villa for defender James Chester.

The Wales international will now hold talks with relegated Villa and could move in the next few days, Press Association Sport understands.

Villa have lost their opening two games this season - including an embarrassing 3-1 EFL Cup defeat to Luton on Wednesday - and boss Roberto Di Matteo confirmed he needs defensive reinforcements.

Ciaran Clark joined Newcastle for £5million and Joleon Lescott is unlikely to have a future under Di Matteo following relegation from the Premier League last season.

Chester has struggled for first-team opportunities at The Hawthorns since joining from Hull City for £8 million last summer.

Aston Villa midfielder heads to Italy on loan

Carlos Sanchez is off to Italy. Credit: PA

Fiorentina have signed Aston Villa midfielder Carlos Sanchez on a season-long loan.

The Serie A side also have the option to buy the 30-year-old Colombia international at the end of the campaign.

Sanchez scored one goal in 55 appearances for Villa and was part of the side that was relegated from the Premier League last term.

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