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Sherwood tips Gestede to blast Villa to success

By Staff Reporter

Rudy Gestede has completed his move to Aston Villa as Tim Sherwood continues the summer overhaul of his squad.

The 25-year-old striker passed a medical to finalise his move from Blackburn to Villa Park on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee, soon after Jordan Veretout joined the Premier League outfit.

Villa manager Sherwood had been looking to bolster his attacking options after the sale of Christian Benteke to Liverpool, and turned to Benin international Gestede who found the back of the net 22 times for Blackburn last season.

The Villa manager said he had long been impressed by the striker, who shone alongside Jordan Rhodes in the Championship.

Sherwood said: "I've known about Rudy since he was at Cardiff City and he is a player I've always admired. His goalscoring ratio last season was fantastic and he is someone who certainly knows how to find the back of the net. He's a big, physical striker but he can play and I'm pleased to welcome him to the football club."

The arrival of Gestede was preceded by the news that French midfielder Veretout had also signed on a five-year contract, arriving from Nantes.

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