Aston Villa sign forward from Middlesbrough

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Aston Villa has secured the services of forward Morgan Rogers from Middlesbrough in a transfer deal valued at approximately £15 million.

At 21 years old, Rogers has contributed seven goals and nine assists in 33 matches for Championship club Boro during the current season.

The England Under-20 international made the move to Riverside Stadium from Manchester City last July for £1.5 million, signing a four-year contract.

Despite three previous unsuccessful bids from Aston Villa, a deal was eventually reached for Rogers, with Middlesbrough agreeing on a fee.

Owner Steve Gibson was resolute in not letting the player go for less than his valuation, which is believed to be around £12 million.

Additionally, Manchester City successfully negotiated a 25% sell-on fee based on the profit from Rogers’ transfer. The versatile player primarily operates as a winger.

Speaking following Villa’s 3-1 home defeat by Newcastle on Tuesday, manager Unai Emery said: “We are motivated and excited to work with [Rogers] and hopefully he can progress here like we think he will do.”

Sitting in fourth place in the Premier League, Aston Villa is five points behind the top position, having won only one of their last four league matches.

The team is still in the FA Cup, with a fourth-round replay against Chelsea on the horizon, and has secured a place in the last 16 of the Europa Conference League.

In January, Villa made a signing by acquiring defender Kosta Nedeljkovic from Red Star Belgrade for an undisclosed fee.

However, Emery stated on Tuesday that he does not anticipate any further activity for his club before the Premier League’s winter transfer deadline, set for Thursday at 23:00 GMT.