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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 January 2008, 17:45 GMT
Rams seal deal for striker Villa
Emanuel Villa
Villa only joined current side UAG Tecos in 2007
Derby have received international clearance for 2m Argentine striker Emanuel Villa.

Villa, 25, signed a three-and-a-half year deal last week after Derby agreed a fee with Mexican side UAG Tecos.

Villa was paraded to the crowd before Sunday's FA Cup third-round tie against Sheffield Wednesday.

Manager Paul Jewell said: "I can't wait to see "Tito" in a Derby shirt because he looks good in training. I'm sure he will be a big fans' favourite."

Meanwhile, former Newcastle and Portsmouth winger Laurent Robert, 32, completed his move to Pride Park on Tuesday, while Blackburn accepted Derby's offer for 33-year-old midfielder Robbie Savage.

Speaking before the deal was done, Villa said: "I know I'm arriving at a team with relegation problems. I must get used to their league immediately because there is no time for mistakes.

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"It's a dream come true. I wanted to play in Europe and now I have the opportunity and there is nowhere better than the Premier League."

Derby have already offloaded frontman Steve Howard to neighbours Leicester City as they look to rebuild their squad in a desperate bid to avoid relegation.

But Jewell said: "He's not a replacement for Steve, he was coming in whether Steve was here or not. He's keen to come and we're keen to have him. Scoring goals has been a problem."



SEE ALSO
Derby confirm signing of Robert
08 Jan 08 |  Derby County
Blackburn accept Derby Savage bid
08 Jan 08 |  Blackburn Rovers
Jewell expects to seal Ghaly deal
07 Jan 08 |  Derby County
Derby sign defender Mills on loan
04 Jan 08 |  Derby County
Leicester confirm deal for Howard
01 Jan 08 |  Leicester City


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