Photo: Departed West Ham prospect Oscar Borg tweets delight at Aston Villa move

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The 18-year-old winger-cum-defender has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at Villa Park.

New Aston Villa signing Oscar Borg has taken to Twitter to express his delight at making the move to the Midlands.

Borg, 18, officially joined Villa from Premier League counterparts West Ham United on Thursday, penning a deal until the summer of 2018.

The young winger, who is also capable of playing at full-back, originally started out his career in AFC Wimbledon’s ranks but left the club to join West Ham at the age of 12.

Previously highly-regarded by the Hammers setup, he reportedly came close to joining Manchester United in 2014 after having a successful trial at Old Trafford but the two sides could not agree terms over compensation [h/t Daily Mail].

Despite his early promise, however, the teenage wide man’s progress at the Boleyn Ground has since stalled, and after failing to establish himself in the Under-21s this season, West Ham agreed to let him leave ahead of his contract expiring in the summer.

Once dubbed “the new Gareth Bale”, Villa are said to have been chasing Borg’s signature for some time and will be delighted to landed his services given his obvious potential.

The top-flight strugglers look almost certain to be dropping down to the Championship at this stage, and with a fire sale expected to happen over the summer, the promising speedster could be one of several rookies to see significant minutes in the second tier next term.

Eligible to play for either England or Turkey by way of his grandmother, there very well could be an international tug-of-war over his services in the future if he goes on to fulfil the promise that earned him comparisons to Real Madrid’s Bale not long ago.

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