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Hull have made their first signing since winning promotion to the Barclays Premier League, turning George Boyd's loan deal into a permanent contract.

Stiliyan Petrov had tests after going down with a fever last weekend

Villa rally round Petrov in battle against cancer

Instant treatment for captain after shock of being diagnosed with acute leukaemia

Emile Heskey will be out of contract in the summer

Gabriel Agbonlahor wants Emile Heskey to remain at Aston Villa

Gabriel Agbonlahor hopes Aston Villa will offer fellow striker Emile Heskey a new deal when his current contract runs out this summer.

Emile Heskey will be out of contract in the summer

Aston Villa put contract talks on hold

Aston Villa will put talks on the future of a trio of players out of contract this summer on hold until the end of the season, assistant manager Peter Grant has confirmed.

Charles N'Zogbia of Aston Villa

Aston Villa winger Charles N'Zogbia out for a month

Aston Villa winger Charles N'Zogbia is facing a month out of action with a knee problem, manager Alex McLeish has confirmed.

Charles N'Zogbia of Aston Villa

Alex McLeish again denies rift with Charles N'Zogbia

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish believes the best is still to come from winger Charles N'Zogbia but insists there are no problems with their relationship.

Alex McLeish is coming under increasing pressure

Charles N'Zogbia says quotes he was 'disgusted' by Alex McLeish are wrong

Aston Villa winger Charles N'Zogbia insists he has a healthy working relationship with manager Alex McLeish after holding recent talks.

Weimann's late finisher ends Villa's four month home dry spell

Aston Vila 1 Fulham 0

Gunners score three goals in seven amazing minutes to beat Villa 3-2 and keep FA Cup hopes alive

Robin van Persie escapes FA action over 'elbow'

Arsenal striker Robin van Persie will face no further action over an incident involving Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar during Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round match at the Emirates Stadium.

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<b>Players in:</b> <b><i>Shay Given (Manchester City, undisclosed)</i></b>, Charles N'Zogbia (Wigan, undisclosed), Alan Hutton (Tottenham, undisclosed), Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham, season loan).
<br/><b>Players out:</b> Nigel Reo-Coker, John Carew, Robert Pires, Moustapha Salifou, Isaiah Osbourne (all released), Brad Friedel (Tottenham, free), Ashley Young (Manchester United, undisclosed), Stewart Downing (Liverpool, undisclosed), Luke Young (QPR, undisclosed), Jean Makoun (Olympiacos, season loan).

Shay Given close to Aston Villa return

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given is close to returning after being sidelined for a month with a hamstring injury.

Kenny Dalglish has refused to acknowledge Luis Suarez’s guilt for using racist language at Patrice Evra
Albrighton has been linked with Rangers

Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton denies Rangers link

Winger Marc Albrighton has pledged his immediate future to Aston Villa and dismissed reports linking him with a move to Rangers.

Albrighton gets 'mojo back' but desperate times for Bolton

Bolton 1 Aston Villa 2
Gabby Agbonlahor (right) rushes to embrace Aston Villa's opening goalscorer, Marc Albrighton

Villa find their feet at last as Coyle's sense of crisis grows

Bolton Wanderers 1 Aston Villa 2: McLeish's side end barren spell with easy pickings leaving Bolton manager with a 'horrible feeling'

Jermaine Jenas is stretchered off on his debut against Manchester United at Villa Park

Jermaine Jenas out for six months after undergoing surgery

Aston Villa face having to continue paying on-loan Jermaine Jenas' wages for the rest of the season despite the midfielder being ruled out for six months with an Achilles injury.

The Tottenham manager, Harry Redknapp, looks on last night during his side's comfortable victory against Aston Villa

Redknapp eases back on the crest of a wave

Tottenham manager returns after heart op with scarcely a stressful moment or cross word

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