Belfast Telegraph

Villa turn attention to Canales

Aston Villa have submitted a bid for Real Sociedad midfielder Sergio Canales, Press Association Sport understands.

Villa are keen to add some creativity to their ranks before the transfer window closes and were understood to be in talks with Manchester United's Tom Cleverley earlier on Monday.

The deal was held up, however, over the player's wage demands and Villa have now turned their attention to Canales.

Canales joined Real Madrid four years ago, when he was considered one of the most promising young players in Europe, but the Spaniard's progress has stalled in recent seasons.

The 23-year-old left the Bernabeu for Valencia in August 2011 before joining Sociedad earlier this year.

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