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Young-ster Gets First Pro Deal As Ings Departs Villa

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Aston Villa had a bit of a slow start to head coach Unai Emery’s first transfer window, but this week things stepped up a gear. Following on from the arrival of Alex Moreno and the announcement confirming our capture of Jhon Duran, the last few days have seen a number of departures, and striker Danny Ings was the latest to leave on Friday.

With Indiana Vassilev (MLS side St Louis City SC) and Freddy Guilbert (RC Strasbourg) moving on a few days ago, on Friday afternoon Villa confirmed that an agreement had been struck with West Ham United for the 30-year-old’s services.

Having joined us in the summer of 2021 for a reported £25 million fee from Southampton, Ings never really got himself up and running given the system we play and the kind of work rate we need from a striker, and we still haven’t quite mastered two up front, but he did score 14 goals, and provide eight assists in 34 starts and 18 substitute showings.

The deal is for an undisclosed fee, but the media is pretty set that it’s £12 million up front to £15 million in addons.

The club also confirmed on Friday that Academy graduate and now substitute regular, Kaden Young, had signed his first professional contract with us. The winger penned an Under 18 scholarship over the summer and has been a regular for the Under 21’s this term.

Academy manager Mark Harrison told the Official Site.

“We are delighted to see Kadan sign his first professional contract. He has been with us for many years and this is a great reflection of his hard work and the commitment shown by him and his family, who have given him great support. Kadan has always shown potential which saw him play in our Under-21s at the age of 16 while he was a schoolboy and represent England as well. Seeing him involved with the first team recently also reflects his potential but he also knows there is much work to do and we look forward to seeing him continue his journey for many years.”

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