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Kilmarnock capture Aston Villa striker on loan

Harry Forrester
Forrester has moved to Rugby Park from Aston Villa

Kilmarnock have agreed a deal to sign striker Harry Forrester from Aston Villa on loan until January.

Killie manager Mixu Paatelainen hopes to have the 20-year-old available to feature in Saturday's Scottish Premier League game against Aberdeen.

"Harry is a young striker who has not yet broken into the Villa first-team but he's one for the future," he said.

The Ayrshire side have also signed 18-year-old William Gros after he impressed on trial.

Forrester began his career with Watford before Villa beat Manchester United and Spurs to his signature in July 2007.

He signed his first professional contract with Villa the following January.

Villa paid an initial fee of £250,000 with Watford due a sell-on fee should he move to another club.

Paatelainen said Forrester was a welcome addition and tipped him to shine in Scotland's top flight.


"I think the SPL gives these boys a good platform to perform," he added.

"He came in a couple of weeks ago to train with us and played in a practice match and did really well and scored a goal.

"So we took it forward and now he is joining us.

"He is a very energetic player, good technical ability, buzzes about the main striker."

Gros, who has come from the former Celtic winger Didier Agathe's football academy in Reunion, is seen by the Killie boss as "one for the future".

Kilmarnock are aiming to bolster their attacking options following the departures of Kevin Kyle, Allan Russell and David Fernandez.

Nancy striker Basile Camerling remains at Rugby Park on trial but former Coventry forward Cedric Roussel will not be signing.

"There might be one or two still to come," Paatelainen said.

"We are working very hard and have various options so we are hopeful."

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