Aston Villa transfer news: Jota signs for undisclosed fee as Gary Gardner heads to rivals Birmingham City

5 Jun

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

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

The Spaniard played under Dean Smith at Brentford
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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 a 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.”

Jota joined Brentford from Celta Vigo in 2014 and moved to Birmingham three years later. He made 32 appearances during his first season at Blues, scoring five goals.

Last season he played 40 times in the Championship – seven occasions as a substitute – and found the back of the net three times.

Gardner, who came through the academy at Villa and made his debut in December 2011, played many times with Jota last season for Blues, having started 39 Championship matches for Garry Monk’s side.

Aston Villa forced to pay £4million to unwanted flops after winning Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley – reports

20 May

Aston Vila will be forced to shell out £4million to a host of unwanted flops after beating Derby County in the Championship Play-Off Final.

The Vilans secured a 2-1 win at Wembley over the Rams to end their three year exile from the Premier League.

And while the game itself is reportedly worth £170million, it seems Villa will be forced to make a host of lucrative pay-outs instantly.

Aston Villa could be hit with an unwanted £4million promotion bill
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The Daily Mirror report a host of players are set for a hike in their wages if promotion is achieved – despite playing little or no part in achieving it.

Ross McCormack, Scott Hogan, Gary Gardner, James Bree and Henri Lansbury have made a total of 17 league appearances between them during this campaign.

Only former Arsenal man Lansbury has remained at the club, while the rest are out on loan.

Scotland international McCormack is set to see his wages skyrocket to £70,000-a-week if the club do go up, despite spending the season with the Central Coast Mariners alongside Usain Bolt and Motherwell.

Ross McCormack has not enjoyed much success at Aston Villa
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Meanwhile, midfielder Gardner is also in line for a pay rise, despite spending the season on loan at rivals Birmingham City.

Both are out of contract at the end of next season, but Lansbury and Hogan are under contract until 2021.

The potential wage-bill woes arise from commitments made during the reign of former owner Dr Tony Xia, who sanctioned a spending spree shortly after taking control from previous incumbent Randy Lerner.