Trio of Starlets
Aston Villa have concluded three more deals, adding to the earlier signing of free agent Florent Malouda
The first of them is Portuguese youngster Miguel Marques
. The 16-year-old defensive midfielder agreed to sign a pre-contract with the English club, joining the Lions from hometown club Atletico CP. An emerging young talent, he has already been tipped to be the next Miguel Veloso
. Marques will play in the Under-18s this season.
has also agreed to join Aston Villa from Derby in a spectacular 6 million deal, believed to have wiped out most of David Beckham
's transfer budget.
The up-and-coming midfielder is only 18 but made 44 appearances in the Championship for Derby last season and brilliantly impressed. The self-admitting Liverpool supporter will now look to take his Championship talents to the big stage of the Premier League, and has been awarded the number 7 by Beckham.
The last of the three is young Italian striker Mattia Destro
, who has joined Aston Villa upon the expiry of his contract at Genoa.
Coming from the youth academy at Inter Milan, 22-year-old Destro soon joined Genoa in 2010. However, it was on loan where he impressed, scoring 12 goals in 30 appearances during a loan spell at Siena. He was also farmed out on loan last season to join Roma, where he made 29 appearances and scored 11 goals.
Unfortunately for Genoa, the promising young poacher was not interested in continuing his time at Genoa, and jumped at the opportunity to play in England once Aston Villa offered him a contract.