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TWO In & TWO Out At Villa On Deadline Day
It was a big day in the transfer market for Aston Villa boss Paul McGrath sold one player and loaned one player out as two new signings came through the doors at Villa Park.
Chalobah moves on loan to Stoke City for the season
It took until early afternoon for any action to take place at Aston Villa's training ground Bodymoor Heath but when it did, it all happened within 2 hours. First was a departure though in Englishman Nathanial Chalobah moving on loan to Stoke City. Chalobah, who moved to Villa in the summer on a free transfer has struggled to make an impact this season with manager Paul McGrath using James McCarthy in the defensive midfield role when it was employed so the 24 year old has gone on loan for the rest of the season.
Ozturk comes in to challenge Sandro
As news come in of two bids for Ivan Rakitic, McGrath swooped for Dutch left wing back Heyrettin Ozturk. The wing back, who was also eligable to play for Turkey moves to Villa Park for an initial fee of £10,000,000 with it possibly raising upto £19,000,000 based on appearances and international appearances. The Dutchman started his career in Holland for PSV and made 39 appearances before CSKA Moscow signed him for £9,250,000 where he played 36 times in two years before McGrath swooped to give Alex Sandro something to think about in the left back position.
Rakitic moves to Spartak Moscow
As soon as that deal was concluded, Ivan Rakitic was sold to Russian side Spartak Moscow for £5,500,000. The Croatian attacking midfielder was shocking last season for Villa and is one of the highest earners at Villa Park but he has now departed to pastures new. I was glad to get out of there said Rakitic at his unveiling in Moscow. McGrath is not a good man manager at all and that is why he has not been able to win trophies that he should have with the players that he has at his disposal and I will not be going back to Villa anytime soon to play of them!
Keith Lee moves to Villa for a BIG fee and will hope ot live up to that fee
Then Villa concluded there final transfer deal of January bringing in English Under 21 international Keith Lee in from Crystal Palace for a reported £13,000,000 with £9,000,000 in add ons and this also shows how expensive English players are to buy. I am very glad that Keith has come on board and we will not be loaning him out as I feel he is ready to start in the Premier League straight away.
So an exceptionally busy day in the market for Villa but now they can concentrate on trying to move up the table.