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​DONE DEAL: Aston Villa make Birmingham forward Jota first signing of pre-season

Premier League new boys Aston Villa have signed 27 year old forward Jota from local rivals Birmingham for an undisclosed fee on a two-year contract.

Villa midfielder Gary Gardner, 26, has gone in the opposite direction, joining the Championship side for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

Villa boss Dean Smith told the club 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."

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