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Aug 31, 2007

Davies joins Villa on season-long loan deal

Curtis Davies has finally clinched his long-awaited move from West Brom after joining Aston Villa on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent switch next summer.

It is understood that should the transfer go through, the deal will be worth an initial £8.5million, rising to to a potential £10m with add-ons.

After months of speculation over his future, the England Under-21 centre-back made his position at The Hawthorns untenable when he handed in a transfer request in July following the Baggies' failure to win promotion back to the Barclays Premier League.

Davies became West Brom's most expensive defender when former manager Bryan Robson signed him from Luton for £3million in August 2005.

Despite being unable to prevent his team from being relegated from the top flight that season, Davies made such an impression that he was made occasional captain of the side - an honour he was given full-time for 2006-07.

He missed much of last season after twice breaking the same metatarsal bone in his left foot, and he is yet to play under current boss Tony Mowbray this term following his transfer request.

Davies said: 'I'm delighted that everything has been sorted. At West Brom I was a small fish in a big pond. Anything I did okay looked good.

'Here I have got to fight for my place but we want to push on to Europe and I want to be part of that.

'The manager's record speaks for itself. During his career he has turned people like Emile Heskey, Robbie Savage and Muzzy Izzet into great players and hopefully he can turn me into a gem as well.'

Davies is impressed with the crop of young talent at Villa and is hoping eventually he can follow Ashley Young into the England squad.

Davies said: 'I looked at the squad list at Villa and eight of the players are or have been England Under-21 internationals. Hopefully we can all push each other through and play for England.

'When you see people like Ashley in the squad now it tells you that I have made the right move. I have come here to do well and working with defenders like Martin Laursen and Olof Mellberg every day can improve you.'

Former boss Mowbray said: 'The supporters are well aware that Curtis wanted to leave the club and play in the Premiership.

'I want to thank him for his efforts and total commitment to the cause last season.

'However, since our defeat at Wembley (in last season's play-off final), he clearly felt his future lay elsewhere. This has resulted in Curtis not wanting to play for the team this season.

'Although he's a player of undoubted quality, we only want players here who are fully committed to the cause, which is what I've stressed all summer.

'Curtis hasn't contributed during the first five games and, with there being plenty of competition for places in central defence, I think this deal suits all parties.'

In all, Davies played for the Baggies 73 times, scoring two goals.