Aston Villa transfer news and rumours

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All the latest transfer news and speculation from Aston Villa football club.

CONFIRMED TRANSFERS IN:

James Collins, £5m

Habib Beye, undisclosed

Andy Marshall; free

Fabian Delph, undisclosed

Stewart Downing, £12m

Stephen Warnock, undisclosed

CONFIRMED TRANSFERS OUT:

Gareth Barry, £12m

Martin Laursen, retired

Stuart Taylor, undisclosed

Zat Knight, undisclosed

SPECULATION:

1 September: Aston Villa insist Richard Dunne can still complete a move from Manchester City even though the entire deal appears not to have been finalised by the transfer dead-line.

1 September: Aston Villa have completed the signing of West Ham defender James Collins, on a four-year contract.

1 September: West Ham defender James Collins is on the verge of joining Aston Villa in a £5m deal.

27 August: Aston Villa have agreed a fee with Manchester City for defender Richard Dunne.

27 August: The Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is closing in on the Blackburn Rovers defender Stephen Warnock. Villa confirmed they are in discussions with the club about the player.

26 August: Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is closing in on Blackburn defender Stephen Warnock.

26 August: Aston Villa have made a bid for Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin.

26 August: Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is staying tight-lipped on his transfer plans after being linked with moves for Blackburn Rovers full-back Stephen Warnock and Portsmouth central defender Sylvain Distin.

21 August: Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is monitoring Portsmouth's Sylvain Distin, James Collins of West Ham and the Blackburn defender Stephen Warnock.

20 August: Martin O'Neill is stepping up his bid to bolster the Aston Villa defence with Sylvain Distin, James Collins and Stephen Warnock amongst his prime targets.

20 August: Stoke manager Tony Pulis is still hopeful of signing James Collins but West Ham are also waiting to see if Aston Villa are willing to bid for the 25-year-old centre-back.

18 August: Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has admitted he needs to bring in further players after being "a wee bit surprised" at statistics relating to the workload of his squad last season.

15 August: Dutch midfielder Wesley Sneijder has reiterated his desire to stay at Real Madrid and fight for a future at the Bernabeu. The 25-year-old appears to be surplus to requirements at Real, with both Internazionale and Aston Villa showing an interest in the gifted former Ajax schemer.

12 August: Aston Villa have signed goalkeeper Andy Marshall on a one-year deal. The 34-year-old former England Under-21 international was a free agent having seen his contract with Coca-Cola Championship side Coventry end at the end of last season.

10 August: Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp admits he would welcome Ashley Young in his squad, but expects Aston Villa not to sell the England winger.

4 August: Martin O'Neill once again demonstrated his faith in young English talent when he met Leeds United's £5.5m asking price to bring teenager Fabian Delph to Aston Villa yesterday.

3 August: Aston Villa are closing in on the signature of Leeds teenager Fabian Delph after the clubs agreed a fee. The Premier League side confirmed this evening they have reached an agreement for the transfer of the talented England Under-21 midfielder.

3 August: Aston Villa may miss out on Sporting Lisbon midfielder Miguel Veloso as the Portuguese club look to finalise his departure.

30 July: Darren Bent is attracting interest from Aston Villa although Sunderland remain the favourites to sign the England international who is completely out of favour at Tottenham Hotspur.

29 July: The future of Darren Bent remains up in the air with Aston Villa and Hull having joined the race for the Tottenham striker last night on the eve of his proposed medical with Sunderland.

28 July: So who's in, who's out – and what will your club do next?

27 July: Leeds boss Simon Grayson has admitted that he would find it difficult to begrudge youngster Fabian Delph a move to the Barclays Premier League. The impressive 19-year-old has attracted attention from a host of top-flight clubs with Aston Villa and Everton both reportedly having bids turned down.

25 July: Bolton Wanderers have completed the signings of defenders Zat Knight and Sam Ricketts, the Premier League club said on their website (www.bwfc.co.uk) today.

20 July: Aston Villa are expected to follow the £12m purchase of Stewart Downing from Middlesbrough with offers for Portsmouth's Sylvain Distin and Leeds United's Fabian Delph.

15 July: Middlesbrough and Aston Villa have agreed a fee of around £12million for England winger Stewart Downing.

14 July: Stewart Downing arrived on a crutch for a medical at Aston Villa yesterday but that obvious complication is not expected to prevent the 24-year-old winger's £12m transfer from Middlesbrough going through within the next 48 hours.

5 July: The IoS transfer-merry go-round: a comprehensive list of players linked in the past week to your club; plus those who have signed on the dotted line.

1 July: Michael Owen expects to have a choice of either Aston Villa or Everton when his Newcastle United contract runs out today. He is very unlikely to join a Premier League struggler, with the Owen camp confident that the two clubs that finished directly behind the big four last season will make an offer.

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