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Aston Villa furious as Arsenal make Dan Crowley raid

Aston Villa are angry with the Premier League's new Elite Player Performance Plan.

The Mirror says Villa are upset that under EPPP rules they will get an initial ­payment of just over £200,000 for England Under-17 international Dan Crowley from Arsenal.

Crowley is aged 15 and had not agreed a professional contract, which means Villa can only claim a set fee for the player dubbed 'the new Jack Wilshere'.

They approached the ­Premier League to argue that, because he played for Villa's Under-18 side, Crowley should be treated as a 17-year-old and his fee should be set by a tribunal. The case was dismissed.

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