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Hodgson wants Aston Villa midfielder to decide on future

Jack Grealish has a choice to make. Credit: PA

Roy Hodgson has called on Jack Grealish to decide whether wants to play for England or the Republic of Ireland.

Hodgson first declared an interest in calling Grealish into his squad towards the end of last season when the midfielder played a key role in Aston Villa's escape from relegation.

I'm not 100 per cent certain of what he is waiting for.

As far as I am concerned, I would like him to come out and say: 'I've thought about it, I've got the two possibilities and I'm opting for England' and then of course he will be available for selection.

But he has been injured, to be fair, so he wouldn't have been selectable for any team, England, Ireland, at whatever level during these September fixtures.

Now maybe before the October fixtures he might make that decision.

– Roy Hodgson

Bournemouth announce two late deals

Bennett has joined Bournemouth on loan. Credit: PA

Bournemouth have added defender Joe Bennett and midfielder Tomas Andrade to their squad on deadline day.

Bennett arrives on loan from Aston Villa until January while Andrade, from River Plate, has spent the last two weeks on trial with the Cherries.

The promising 19 year-old midfielder has joined on a season-long loan deal.

Lescott moves from West Brom to Aston Villa

Joleon Lescott has move across the West Midlands. Credit: PA

Aston Villa have signed former England defender Joleon Lescott from West Brom, the clubs have confirmed.

Lescott has left The Hawthorns to team up with Tim Sherwood following the arrival of Jonny Evans from Manchester United at West Brom.

Aston Villa close to deal for striker Berbatov

Dimitar Berbatov could be on his way to the Premier League. Credit: PA

Aston Villa could pull of a surprise move for Monaco striker Dimitar Berbatov on deadline day.

The Bulgarian has plenty of experience in the Premier League have played for Spurs and Manchester United.

Berbatov is already in Birmingham, but will need to complete a medical in order to get his move back to England.


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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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