Aston Villa coach Gordon Cowans gives the lowdown on recently signed youngster Keinan Davies

The teenage midfielder joined the club from non-league side Biggleswade Town last month following a successful trial.

While Aston Villa may not have made any senior signings under Remi Garde yet, they have been busy restocking their development ranks.

The club recently secured the signature of 17-year-old midfielder Keinan Davies from Biggleswade Town on an 18-month professional contract following a successful trial, and he has since been making a good first impression with the Under-21s.

The rookie playmaker, who was previously on the books of Stevenage before being released last summer, has already made one start and one substitute appearance for Gordon Cowans’ side since putting pen to paper last month, and his coach has been impressed with what he has seen from him so far.

Speaking following Monday night’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle United at Walsall's Banks's Stadium, in which Davies played 73 minutes in a central role behind striker Jordan Cox, Cowans told Villa’s official audioBoom channel: “Keinan only came into the club about three weeks ago and he’s very promising.

“He’s talented, he’s got good movement and he can get hold of the ball and bring people into play as well, so he’s doing well.”

Meanwhile, Villa are reportedly set to make their first signing of the January transfer window in the coming days, with the likes of Sky Sports claiming that the club are closing in on a six-month loan deal for Bordeaux defender Lamine Sane.

The 28-year-old Senegal international, who is primarily a centre-back but can also play in midfield, has made over 200 total appearances for the Ligue 1 club since arriving from amateur side US Lamont in 2008, but he has featured just six times in the French top-flight this season after falling out of favour.

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