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Report: Bought for £4m in 2013, Aston Villa allowed Jores Okore to leave for free last month

Aston Villa's Jores Okore

Aston Villa reportedly allowed Jores Okore to join Copenhagen on a free transfer.

Aston Villa's Jores OkoreJores Okore

According to Danish newspaper BT, Aston Villa allowed defender Jores Okore to sign for Copenhagen on a free transfer – but have a sell-on clause in the deal.

Villa had a clearout over the summer having suffered relegation from the Premier League, with the likes of Brad Guzan, Joleon Lescott, Ciaran Clark, Joe Bennett, Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Veretout, Adama Traore and Scott Sinclair all leaving for new clubs this summer.

Tottenham's Dele Alli in action with Aston Villa's Jores OkoreTottenham's Dele Alli in action with Jores Okore

Just a matter of days before last week's transfer deadline, Villa completed another sale as defender Jores Okore completed a return to Denmark with Copenhagen.

Okore, 24, featured in just 12 Premier League games last season as he fell out of favour under both Tim Sherwood and Remi Garde, though injuries certainly played their part in his status as a backup player in Villa's struggling defence.

Stoke's Ibrahim Afellay in action with Aston Villa's Jores OkoreStoke's Ibrahim Afellay in action with Jores Okore

It's therefore no great surprise that Okore has decided to move on, and a return to Denmark seems a good fit for the former Nordsjælland centre back.

What is a surprise though is the terms of the deal that has seen Okore sign for Copenhagen. Danish newspaper DK report that Villa allowed Okore to leave on a free transfer, and the only add-on is that Villa have a sell-on clause where they can bring in a small portion of money should Copenhagen sell Okore in the coming years.

Aston Villa's Jores Okore remonstrates with referee Kevin FriendJores Okore remonstrates with referee Kevin Friend

It's only three years ago that Villa paid £4m to sign Okore (Birmingham Mail), but now he's been allowed to leave Villa Park for absolutely nothing.

That's a shame for Villa, who had high hopes for the Ivory Coast-born defender, who showed great power and pace during his time with the club, but failed to establish himself as a first-choice defender – making a parting of ways, even on a free transfer, somewhat understandable from Villa.

Would you have rather kept Okore than let him go for nothing?

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