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Blackburn and Aston Villa earn wins

Tony Mowbray will be happy. Credit: PA

Blackburn moved above Lancashire rivals Wigan at the lower end of the table with a 1-0 win over Derby.

A Craig Conway penalty proved decisive as Blackburn moved to 33 points, the same as 21st-placed Bristol City. But Rovers have a game in hand.

Derby are now 10 points adrift of the play-off places.

City were beaten 2-0 by Aston Villa, who won for a second successive game to move nine points clear of the drop zone.

Jonathan Kodjia and Conor Hourihane were on target for Villa.


Aston Villa complete deal for Brentford striker

Scott Hogan got his move in the end. Credit: PA

Aston Villa have announced the arrival of Scott Hogan from Championship rivals Brentford.

The striker has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Villa Park.

Hogan said: "I’m delighted to be at a club like Aston Villa.

“With its history and tradition I can’t wait to start working hard and helping the team.

“It all happened quite quickly and now I'm looking forward to meeting my new team-mates tomorrow and beginning a new chapter in my career."


Burnley sign midfielder Westwood from Aston Villa

Ashley Westwood is back in the Premier League. Credit: PA

Burnley have signed midfielder Ashley Westwood from Aston Villa, the Premier League club have confirmed.

Westwood has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Turf Moor after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.

Part of that fee will go to Crewe Alexandra, where Westwood started his career.

I have had some great times at Villa but recently it's not been too good. I'm back in the Premier League and I've got another chance - coming here into a dressing room like this, full of British talent, and people who want to do well.

I fit that bill and hopefully we can grow as a team and keep on improving. For any club to stay in the Premier League is a big achievement. Burnley are doing very well and hopefully that can keep improving.

I have watched Burnley and they look a bunch of people who work hard and have definitely got enough talent and hopefully I can add to that.

– Ashley Westwood

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Aston Villa sign highly-rated youngster from Bury

Aston Villa have completed the signing of youngster Jacob Bedeau from League One Bury.

The defender, 17, has made seven appearances for the Lancashire club this season.

Bury say the deal to take Bedeau to Villa Park is only just short of a record sale for the club.

This is such a massive opportunity for me at such a young age.

I’m looking forward to taking that opportunity and developing even more at such a big club.

I’ll always be grateful to Bury for giving me a chance so I would like to say thank you to them and wish them all the best for the rest of the season.

I can’t wait to get started at Aston Villa.

– Jacob Bedeau

Swansea and Aston Villa set for swap deal

Jordan Ayew is on his way. Credit: PA

Swansea are set to sign Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Ayew with defender Neil Taylor moving in the opposite direction.

The deal will also see Villa receive a fee which could rise up to #5million, Press Association Sport understands.

"It is not done yet, but it is close to being done," Swansea manager Paul Clement said of the swap deal.

"Neil has been a great servant to this club, but I feel it is the right time for a new challenge for him and he would like to take it."

Aston Villa sign Iceland star from Basel

Aston Villa have completed the signing of Icelandic midfielder Birkir Bjarnason from Basel.

Bjarnason, who played at the Euros, has a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Championship club.

I’m delighted to have signed for Aston Villa.

It’s a very big club. I am now looking forward to getting out on to the pitch and helping the team.

– Birkir Bjarnason
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