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Villa set to sign Spurs striker and Nantes midfielder

Adebayor is set to join Spurs. Credit: PA

Emmanuel Adebayor remains in talks with Aston Villa and the club could also snap up Jordan Veretout by the end of the week.

Togo international Adebayor is close to joining Villa on loan from Tottenham but talks are on-going between the two clubs.

The striker has reportedly had a medical and a deal could be struck within the next 24 hours.

The 31-year-old would be a direct replacement for Christian Benteke, who joined Liverpool for £32.5million earlier this month.

Adebayor is believed to have visited the club's Bodymoor Heath training ground on Tuesday and talks were ongoing away from the complex on Wednesday.

Nantes midfielder Veretout is also a target and could become the third player from Ligue 1 to join Villa by the end of the week.

Aston Villa sign Spanish defender Crespo

Jose Angel Crespo, right, has plenty of experience in Spain. Credit: Reuters

Aston Villa have completed the signing of Cordoba defender Jose Angel Crespo.

The 28-year-old has signed a three-year deal at Villa Park and joins for an undisclosed fee.

Crespo becomes Tim Sherwood's seventh signing of the summer after completing a medical but is unlikely to feature in their friendly at Wolves on Tuesday.


Aston Villa agree deal to sign Jose Angel Crespo

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

Jose Angel Crespo joins the Villains from Cordoba Credit: PA

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.

Cordoba, who were relegated from the Primera Division last season, announced the former Spain Under-21 international's impending move to Villa on their official Twitter account this morning, saying:

Cordoba and Aston Villa have reached an agreement for the transfer of Jose Angel Crespo to the English team.

The defender, after an agreement in principle between the clubs, travels to England today to undergo a medical before signing.

– Aston Villa statement

Vlaar ruled out for months with knee injury

Vlaar had been hoping to find a new club this summer. Credit: PA

Former Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar will be out of action for another three to four months after the free agent defender revealed he had gone under the knife again.

The 30-year-old had been hoping to find a new club this summer having allowed his contract at Villa Park to expire, but another setback on his left knee appears to have halted his career prospects in the short term.

An end-of-season MRI scan showed the Dutch international had torn his medial meniscus, as he did in January, and having a similar procedure twice in six months to try and remedy the issue has left Vlaar facing an extended spell on the sidelines.

Revealing the news in a blog post, Vlaar wrote: "Instead of two days with crutches, there will now be a four to six weeks period. Instead of four weeks rehabilitation, it will now take three to four months.

"On hearing this news it was a defining moment, I was stunned and I struggled to keep my composure. Even now when I think about it, the news is very hard to swallow."

Vlaar has been linked with Lazio and Southampton this summer and while his present situation may put off suitors for now, he is confident he can return to play for another five years.

He added: "Where will this eventually bring me? At the level that suits me and I always aim for the highest goal - I'm sure I will be fine.

"I will prepare myself so I will be able to play at least five more years at the highest level and for the Netherlands national team."


Delph should be praised for Man City decision - Keown

Delph has joined Man City for £8million. Credit: PA

Fabian Delph should be praised for his "brave" decision to join Manchester City, Martin Keown has claimed.

Delph performed his second dramatic U-turn in six days to leave Aston Villa in an £8million move to City on Friday evening.

The England international had pledged his future to Villa after turning down a move to City only to contact the Manchester club days later in a bid to revive the move.

"People change their mind don't they? It is what happens - he wouldn't be the first person to turn down an opportunity, regretted it and then worked hard to change it and he has been brave enough to do that", Keown, who spent three years at Villa before he was sold to Everton in 1989, told Press Association Sport.

"When Delph elected to stay at Villa a lot of people were surprised. He looked as if his contract was running out, but he put pen-to-paper on a new deal, and, from a Villa point of view, thank God he did otherwise he would have left on a free transfer.

"So, let us not be too hard on Delph. I suffered backlash from the Villa fans when I left there and he has agonised over that decision and it was a tough call - he already made the call once and had to change his mind.

"It is a good signing for City - they want to buy British - he made his England debut last season and settled in well, he is a driving force from midfield, but it is a huge blow for Aston Villa."

Aston Villa agree deal to sign left-back

Amavi has joined Aston Villa. Credit: PA

Aston Villa have reached an agreement to sign left-back Jordan Amavi from Nice, the Ligue 1 club have announced.

The 21-year-old, who has represented France at Under-21 level, finalised his deal with the Barclays Premier League side on Saturday.

Nice said in a statement on their official website: "An agreement was reached on Saturday for the transfer of Jordan Amavi to Aston Villa (Premier League).

"Jordan Amavi has not participated in the trip in Belgium on Friday to compete in the second friendly match of Aiglons. While his team-mates were on the road to Waregem, the young left-back (21) took the direction of England.

"And an agreement was made on Saturday afternoon with Aston Villa for the transfer."

Nice did not confirm the length of Amavi's contract nor the fee.

Delph performs U-turn to complete Man City move

Fabian Delph is now a City player. Credit: PA

Fabian Delph has signed a five-year deal with Manchester City after performing a U-turn on his initial decision to stay at Aston Villa.

The England midfielder completed a medical at City on Friday and is set to fly to Australia to join his new team-mates on their pre-season tour.

The 25-year-old had rejected City's advances last weekend when he issued a statement insisting: "I'm not leaving. I'm staying at the football club and I can't wait for the start of the season and captaining this great football club."

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