Villa seal Warnock deal
Aston Villa have completed the signing of Stephen Warnock from Blackburn Rovers on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee. Warnock has been linked with a move to Villa Park in recent weeks and was left out of Blackburn's 2-1 defeat at Sunderland last weekend as he was not in the right frame of mind to play. He has been discussing personal terms to join Villa and he will be paraded in front of his new supporters before Thursday night's Europa League tie against Rapid Vienna. The England cap can play at left-back or in midfield and his departure from Ewood Park will represent a significant profit for Blackburn. The 27-year-old joined Rovers from Liverpool in a £1.5million deal in January 2007 and he scored six goals in 109 appearances for the club. Rovers boss Sam Allardyce is disappointed to be losing Warnock, but has lined up Tottenham Hotspur's versatile defender Pascal Chimbonda as a replacement. "Losing one of your best players is always a big disappointment, but circumstances are such that it had to be," said Allardyce. "We think we have replaced him with as good as we could possibly find. "When fans see Pascal playing they will see what a good player we have on our hands and I will make sure he comes in and plays to the level he can play at. "If we were to allow Stephen to leave we needed to know who was coming in immediately alongside because if we didn't people could start upping their prices thinking we had lots of money to spend - which we haven't."
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