London - Aston Villa's overhauling of their defence after flirting with
relegation last season continued on Tuesday with the signing of Spanish
defender Jose Angel Crespo from relegated La Liga side Cordoba for a fee
reported to be £500 000.
The 28-year-old - manager Tim
Sherwood's seventh acquisition of the close season which also included
defenders Frenchman Jordan Amavi and England international defender
Micah Richards - signed a three year contract.
Crespo - who played for Spain at Under-19, 20 and 21 level - has also had a spell in Italy with Bologna, Padova and Verona.
is an experienced player who has played in La Liga and Serie A, two of
the strongest leagues in Europe," said Sherwood, who saved Villa from
the drop last term and guided them to the FA Cup final after replacing
Paul Lambert when he was sacked in February.
Aside from Amavi and
Richards Crespo joins other fresh faces at Villa Park in goalkeeper Mark
Bunn, Senegalese international midfielder Idrissa Gueye and forwards
Scott Sinclair, who like Richards came from Manchester City, and
Ghanaian star Jordan Ayew.
However Villa have lost perhaps their
two biggest star performers in Belgian international striker Christian
Benteke, whose return to fitness and form towards the end of last term
all but singlehandedly saved Villa's elite status, and England
midfielder Fabian Delph, who despite saying his future belonged with
Villa agreed a move to Manchester City.