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Aston Villa bolster squad with Spurs' Alan Hutton and Jermaine Jenas

Aston Villa have brought in Alan Hutton and Jermaine Jenas from Tottenham Hotspur.

Aston Villa bolster squad with Spurs' Alan Hutton and Jermaine Jenas The right-back Hutton has signed for an undisclosed fee while Jenas, who plays as a central midfielder, has been acquired on a season-long loan.

The Scotland international Hutton passed a medical and agreed terms on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee. Hutton said: "As soon as I knew Villa were interested, it was the only place I wanted to go. This is a massive club with great players. The likes of Darren Bent have told me so much about it."

"It's a great football club with great fans and I'm really looking forward to working with Alex McLeish again. He's such a commanding figure and he's had a great influence on my career at Rangers and in the Scotland team in the past."

Jenas, who struggled to make an impact at Spurs last season and who has been out of favour this campaign, said: "I want to get my head down and fit into the squad as quickly as I can. It's a new chapter in my career and it would be great to achieve something at the club. I'm really looking forward to getting going."

The Villa manager, Alex McLeish, said: "Alan is a player whom I know well. He is an athletic full back in his mid-20s – a very good age – and he has a lot of experience playing at a high level, both internationally with Scotland and with Glasgow Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur. So he fits the bill in terms of having the right temperament to be an important and influential player for Villa."

"Jermaine is a dynamic midfield player and I feel he will add to the quality of the squad as well. He also has played at a very high level and I'm sure he will be relishing this opportunity."

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Gregg Roughley, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 1st September 2011 02.09 Europe/London

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