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Aston Villa sign Jota from rivals Birmingham City

Aston Villa have signed Jota from city rivals Birmingham for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old Spanish attacker has signed a two-year contract with the Premier League newcomers.

He is reunited at Villa Park with Dean Smith, who was also his manager at Brentford.

Jota said: ‘Becoming a Premier League player was important for me and something I’ve been looking for.

‘This is one of the biggest clubs in England.’

Meanwhile, Villa midfielder Gary Gardner has completed a permanent transfer in the opposite direction for an undisclosed fee.

Gardner, 26, spent last season on loan at Blues but he has now signed three-year contract at St Andrew’s.

Villa boss Smith told the club’s official website: ‘I worked with Jota at Brentford. He’s a superb, talented player and Birmingham signed him as their record transfer.

‘I’m really happy to have him back working with us.

‘He’s got great ability, great balance and a great eye for both goals and assists.’