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Villa snap up Sutton

04 Oct 2006 - 08:04:40

Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has snapped up former Celtic striker Chris Sutton until the end of the season after learning that Luke Moore faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.

Sutton is the third ex-Bhoys star O'Neill has signed recently following the captures of Stilian Petrov and Didier Agathe with the Villa boss working with all three players at Celtic Park.

Sutton became a free agent after leaving Birmingham City at the end of last season and played for Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea earlier in his career.

The 33-year-old told Villa's official website: "I'm pleased it's all sorted out now and I'm looking forward to getting started at Villa.

"Hopefully I can fit in fairly well and knowing Stilian Petrov and Didier Agathe will obviously help.

"I don't feel I've got a point to prove. I just want to do well. First and foremost I want to get fully-fit and get into contention. I'll hopefully do that sooner rather than later and the aim is to soon be pushing for a starting place.

"Obviously I want to be fit as soon as I can. I had an operation a while back and I'm still recovering from that. I'm really looking forward to returning to action and getting back to full fitness."

In a 15-year professional career, Sutton has scored 150 goals in 402 League appearances for his five clubs.

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