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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


Aston Villa set to sign Forest midfielder Lansbury

Aston Villa are expected to complete the £3million signing of Henri Lansbury by Friday.

Nottingham Forest have finally given the green light for the midfielder to move to their Sky Bet Championship rivals, Press Association Sport understands.

Lansbury is out of contract in the summer but the transfer has dragged on because of the takeover saga which has been ongoing at the City Ground.

Henri Lansbury is on his way. Credit: PA

The takeover fell through last week and the Reds sacked manager Philippe Montanier at the weekend.

Villa boss Steve Bruce admitted last week he would be prepared to wait for Lansbury if Villa failed to complete the move this month but is set to get his man in the next 24 hours.

Ex-Arsenal trainee Lansbury, who joined Forest from the Gunners in August 2012, has scored six goals in 19 appearances this season.

Aston Villa wait on Lansbury bid

Henri Lansbury. Credit: PA

Aston Villa are still waiting to discover if their bid for Henri Lansbury will be accepted.

A £3million offer for the Nottingham Forest captain remains on the table as Steve Bruce looks to revamp his squad.

Midfielder Lansbury is out of contract in the summer and was not included in Forest's squad to face Wigan in the FA Cup on Saturday because of a hamstring injury.

Derby are also reportedly interested in the former Arsenal youngster, who has 19 appearances for Forest this season and joined from the Gunners in 2012.

Bruce is looking to revive his squad after replacing Roberto Di Matteo in October but will not allow Ross McCormack to go out on loan after Villa paid Fulham £12million for the striker in the summer.

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