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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


Wimbledon acquire midfielder Soares from Bury

Tom Soares has returned to London. Credit: PA

AFC Wimbledon have signed midfielder Tom Soares from Bury for an undisclosed fee.

Soares has spent the last four years at Gigg Lane, but has now returned to London where he began his career with Crystal Palace.

Tom is a player we’ve liked for a number of years and we looked at maybe bringing him in back in November. We tried early in January to make enquiries, but it did not look like being something we could do. We then looked towards the summer for maybe a chance of getting him then if he did not sign a new deal.

We would then have looked to put something in short-term until then, but then quite late on in the window it started looking we might have half a chance. It took a lot of hard work yesterday, but we got there and I’m absolutely delighted we’ve got him.

– Neal Ardley

Ex-Liverpool and Arsenal winger joins Bury

Jermaine Pennant is back. Credit: PA

Former Liverpool and Stoke winger Jermaine Pennant is back in English football after agreeing a short-term deal with League One side Bury.

The 33-year-old, who last played in this country for Wigan in 2015, has penned terms with the struggling Shakers until the end of the season.

Pennant has had spells in India and Singapore recently and has been training at Bury's Carrington base for a number of weeks before agreeing a deal.

The club need international clearance before they can play Pennant, who can also list the likes of Arsenal, Birmingham and Leeds among his many former teams.

Bury confirm Brass as boss for rest of season

Chris Brass will stay on. Credit: PA

Sky Bet League One side Bury have appointed Chris Brass as their new head coach and Ryan Kidd as his assistant.

The news comes over a month after David Flitcroft left the club having failed to win any of his last 11 matches in all competitions.

Brass has been interim manager since Flitcroft left the Shakers and will be in charge until the end of the season, while Chris Sedgwick will remain as first-team coach.


Peterborough recover to win against Bury

Peterborough secured a first win in nine matches with a 3-1 home defeat of Bury.

After falling behind to a second minute Hayden White own goal, the hosts rallied through Chris Forrester, Marcus Maddison and an Antony Kay own goal to move into the League One play-off positions.

For high-flying Bury, it was a third straight loss after five wins out of five in September. Peterborough suffered a poor start when right-back White turned Zeli Ismail's low cross into his own net under pressure from Tom Pope.

Peterborough ended a poor run of form. Credit: PA

The home side equalised in style after 38 minutes, with Forrester meeting White's deep right-wing cross and playing a one-two with Tom Nichols before curling home.

Maddison completed the turnaround three minutes into the second-half, collecting Gwion Edwards' pass 10 yards out and side-footing a shot into the far right-hand corner.

The scoring was completed four minutes later when Nichols gathered Leo Da Silva Lopes' cross, before hitting a low cross which struck Bury goalkeeper Ben Williams and then Kay on its way into the net.

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