Aston Villa secured two signings in the closing stages of the January transfer window.
The Villans finally sealed the signing of Morgan Rodgers from Middlesbrough while Australia keeper Joe Gauci from Adelaide United also joined for an undisclosed fee.
Villa saw three bids rejected for the 21-year-old winger, but they didn’t give up. The player wanted to join them and eventually, they got him on board by paying £8m plus add-ons which may rise to £15m.
Manchester City will receive a proportion of the transfer fee as they had earlier negotiated a 25% sell-on fee from any Boro profit.
Rogers took to Instagram after completing the move. He described Villa as an “amazing” club.
“Happy to join this amazing club. Can’t wait to get started and play in front of you fans,” wrote Rogers on Instagram.
A lot of players have wished him after the move. The likes of Sam Greenwood and Chuba Akpom wished him luck, while Wales legend Aaron Ramsey also dropped a brilliant message for him. ]
“All the best bro,” wrote Ramsey.
Villa transfer window
A host of clubs were interested in signing Villa striker Jhon Duran but he stayed on at Villa Park.
But, Bertrand Traore joined La Liga club Villarreal on a free transfer after terminating his contract on the deadline day.
The 28-year-old joined from Lyon for £17m in September 2020 but hasn’t been a massive hit at Villa Park. He struggled with form and fitness since arriving in the Premier League and Unai Emery told him that he could leave.
Traore featured regularly under Dean Smith but he struggled for game time under Steven Gerrard and then under the Spaniard.
Villa also offloaded 20-year-old midfielder Tommi O’Reilly and 18-year-old defender Josh Feeney, both leaving for the remainder of the season.
Villa will face Sheffield United in the Premier League away from home on Saturday (3 February).
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