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Aston Villa will reflect positively on their transfer deadline day activity, after completing a double swoop for Tottenham duo Alan Hutton and Jermaine Jenas.

Hutton moves to Villa Park on a permanent four-year deal, while Jenas signs on a season-long loan deal with a view to full transfer.

Both players passed medicals and reached agreement over personal terms, leaving Alex McLeish extremely pleased with the business he has concluded.

"Alan is a player whom I know well," confirmed McLeish. "He is an athletic full back in his mid-20s - a very good age - and he has a lot of experience playing at a high level, both internationally with Scotland and with Rangers and Tottenham which are big clubs.

"So he fits the bill in terms of having the right temperament to be an important and influential player for Villa.

"Jermaine is a dynamic midfield player and I feel he will add to the quality of the squad as well," he continued. "He also has played at a very high level and I'm sure he will be relishing this opportunity."

Speaking after the paperwork had been filed and the respective moves rubber-stamped, Hutton expressed his excitement at the challenge that lies ahead.


 

"As soon as I knew Villa were interested, it was the only place I wanted to go," he beamed. "This is a massive club with great players. The likes of Darren Bent have told me so much about it.

"It's a great football club with great fans and I'm really looking forward to working with Alex McLeish again.

"He's such a commanding figure and he's had a great influence on my career at Rangers and in the Scotland team in the past. I'm really looking forward to working with him again.

"I want to help the club progress and for us to be the best team we can be. I know I'll have to work hard to hold down a place and I'm very much looking forward to this challenge."

Jenas reiterated the positive feeling that surrounds Villa Park, and outlined his ambitions both personally and collectively for the club.

"I'm delighted," he said. "Villa is a big club and I'm up for the cause. I want to get my head down and fit into the squad as quickly as I can.

"It's a new chapter in my career and it would be great to achieve something at the club. I'm really looking forward to getting going."

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