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Borja Baston makes Aston Villa switch

Swansea striker Borja Baston has joined Aston Villa on a free transfer, the Premier League club have confirmed.

Baston, who cost Swansea £15.5million from Atletico Madrid, has scored six goals this season but his last came at the end of September.

Villa’s sporting director Suso knows Baston well from their time at Atletico and will be hoping the 27-year-old can provide the goals to help keep the club in the Premier League.

“I am so excited to play for Aston Villa, it’s a big club, it’s an honour for me,” the Spaniard told VillaTV.

“I can’t wait to get started, I’m really excited. I want to meet my new team-mates and the manager. I’m ready to play and start training with the team.”

Baston’s contract at the Liberty Stadium was due to expire in the summer.

He is understood to have travelled with the rest of Swansea’s squad ahead of Saturday’s Championship game with Preston, but diverted to Birmingham when Villa’s interest became clear.