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Aston Villa complete signing of Reading's Shorey

Aston Villa have completed the signing of Reading left-back Nicky Shorey.

A host of clubs were believed to be keen on left-back Shorey, 27, following Reading's relegation last season.

Villa are also in talks with another England full-back, Luke Young, after agreeing a fee with Middlesbrough.

Villa boss Martin O'Neill said: "Obviously the injury to Freddie (Bouma) has left a gaping hole on the left. Freddie had a wonderful season for us last year and this wasn't necessarily a priority for us before the injury.

"But Nicky Shorey is more than a back-up. He's a quality player on the ball and is up for the challenge."

Reading, like Villa, also declined to disclose the fee paid by Villa for Shorey.

Royals boss Steve Coppell said: "In many ways I am very sorry to see Nicky go, but he had made his intentions clear for almost a year. We wish him well at Villa."

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