Live updates

Hourihane signs new Aston Villa deal

Conor Hourihane has signed a new deal at Aston Villa, the Premier League new boys have announced. Credit: PA

Conor Hourihane has signed a new deal at Aston Villa, the Premier League new boys have announced.

The 28-year-old midfielder has made over 100 appearances for the club since joining in 2017 and played a key role as they secured promotion back to the top flight via the play-offs in May.

"Aston Villa is delighted to announce Conor Hourihane has signed a contract extension ahead of the new Premier League season," Villa announced on their official website.

"Hourihane has completed a remarkable rise as a player from League Two to the Premier League in just five years - competing in every EFL division along the way."

The Republic of Ireland international progressed through Sunderland's academy and switched to Ipswich in 2010, but failed to make a senior appearance for either club.

He went on to make over 100 appearances for both Plymouth and Barnsley before Villa signed him from the latter for an undisclosed fee in January 2017.

Hourihane added: "I'm absolutely delighted. It's exciting times for the club with us moving into the Premier League.

"I've waited all my career for the opportunity to play at this level and the time has now arrived."

Aston Villa sign Matthew Targett from Southampton

Matthew Targett joins Aston Villa from Southampton Credit: PA

Aston Villa have signed defender Matt Targett from Southampton, the Premier League clubs have announced.

PA understands the promoted Villans have paid £11.5million for the 23-year-old Saints Academy graduate.

The move ends Targett's 15-year association with his boyhood club having joined them at the age of eight.

Targett has made 63 appearances for Southampton, including 21 last season, after making his debut in 2014. He also had a loan spell at Fulham during the 2017-18 campaign.

Villa head coach Dean Smith told the club's website, www.avfc.co.uk: "We're very pleased to have Matt join us. He's a player we have been looking at for a considerable amount of time.

"He fits our criteria of being a young player with experience of playing in the Premier League and having the potential to develop further.

"He will help make us a stronger defensive unit and we are all looking forward to working with him."

Advertisement

Aston Villa sign Anwar El Ghazi on a permanent deal

El Ghazi celebrating his decisive play-off final goal for Aston Villa Credit: PA

Aston Villa have signed Anwar El Ghazi on a permanent deal from French club Lille.

The 24-year-old has agreed a four-year contract, having spent last season on loan at Villa Park.

El Ghazi starred in the Championship play-off final win against Derby last month, scoring the opening goal in the 2-1 victory which clinched Villa's return to the Premier League.

Villa boss Dean Smith told the club's official website: "Anwar proved to everybody at Wembley how good a player he can be for Aston Villa."

Page 2: 10:27Smith added: "He's ready for the step up to the Premier League and he's a young player who has an awful lot of potential.

"It's now my job and the job of the coaching staff and Anwar himself to fulfil the potential that he undoubtedly has. He'll be a great addition to the squad for next season."

As well as his goal at Wembley, El Ghazi scored a further five times during the course of the regular season as Villa finished fifth in the Championship table.

Aston Villa sign Jota from rivals Birmingham City

Aston Villa have signed Jota from city rivals Birmingham for an undisclosed fee. Credit: PA

Aston Villa have signed Jota from city rivals Birmingham for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old Spanish attacker has signed a two-year contract with the Premier League newcomers. He is reunited at Villa Park with Dean Smith, who was also his manager at Brentford.

Meanwhile, Villa midfielder Gary Gardner has completed a permanent transfer in the opposite direction for an undisclosed fee.

Gardner, 26, spent last season on loan at Blues but he has now signed three-year contract at St Andrew's.

"I worked with Jota at Brentford. He's a superb, talented player and Birmingham signed him as their record transfer," Villa boss Smith told the club's official website.

"I'm really happy to have him back working with us. He's got great ability, great balance and a great eye for both goals and assists."

Advertisement

Aston Villa sign Croatia goalkeeper Kalinic from Gent

Aston Villa have made their first January signing with Croatia international goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic agreeing to join the club from Gent. Credit: PA

Aston Villa have made their first January signing with Croatia international goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic agreeing to join the club from Gent.

The 28-year-old will officially link up with his new side on January 1 and will sign a deal until 2023.

Kalinic made more than 100 appearances for his boyhood club Hajduk Split before joining Gent two years ago and was a member of the Croatia squad that reached the World Cup final this summer.

Summer signing Orjan Nyland has been first choice this season but has not been convincing.

Head coach Dean Smith said on avfc.co.uk: "We are delighted to be signing someone of Lovre's experience and quality.

"He is an outstanding goalkeeper and we are looking forward to welcoming him when he joins at the beginning of January."

Load more updates