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Cordoba: Aston Villa have agreed to sign defender Jose Angel Crespo

Aston Villa have agreed a deal to sign defender Jose Angel Crespo from Cordoba, the Spanish club have announced.

Crespo, 28, began his career at Sevilla, where he was part of the squad that won the 2006 UEFA Cup, before playing for Racing Santander, Padova, Bologna and Verona.

Cordoba, who were relegated from the Primera Division last season, announced the former Spain under-21 international's impending move to Villa on their official Twitter account, saying: "Cordoba and Aston Villa have reached an agreement for the transfer of Jose Angel Crespo to the English team.

"The defender, after an agreement in principle between the clubs, travels to England today to undergo a medical before signing."

Villa have already brought in Micah Richards, Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Amavi this summer as they look to build on last season's escape from relegation under Tim Sherwood.