Aston Villa have announced the signing of 23-year-old striker Jordan Ayew from Lorient for an undisclosed fee, a direct replacement for Christian Benteke.
Since finishing 17th in the Premier League last season, Villa have lost their two star players in Benteke who joined Liverpool and Fabian Delph, who joined Manchester City.
The combined transfer fee for the pair was around £40 million, so the summer spending is likely to continue for Villa as they look to avoid another relegation battle next season.
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After signing a five-year-deal with the midlands side, manager Tim Sherwood told the club's official website: “He [Ayew] is a fantastic young player who is perfectly suited to the Premier League.”
Ayew joins holding midfielder Idrissa Gueye and left-back Jordan Amavi, who also arrived from Ligue 1 earlier this summer. Micah Richards and Scott Sinclair have also boosted the ranks at Villa Park.
Villa have also reportedly had a bid accepted for Cordoba's versatile defender Jose Angel Crespo after the Spanish side were relegated from the top flight last season.
Cordoba fans reacted angrily to the news on Twitter with some fans questioning the player’s commitment and loyalty.
Burnley are interested in signing Nathan Baker from Villa, according to reports The 24-year-old's first-team chances are set to remain limited at best due to the arrival of Richards, Amavi and Crespo.
The Villa academy graduate only made a handful of appearances during the 2014-2015 season, yet despite this, Sherwood is battling to hold onto Baker, who is valued at £2 million by his club.
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