By Amir Mir

Aston Villa have sold Jose Angel Crespo to Greek outfit PAOK to signal an end to a nightmare stay in the Midlands for the defender.

The Spaniard made a switch from Cordoba last summer for a fee of £500,000 and it is believed Crespo, 29 has been transferred for the same figure.

PAOK announced on their official Twitter account that the defender has made the switch from England and has signed a three-year contract with the Greek club.

A wretched summer signing by then-manager Tim Sherwood, the former Sevilla man made only one appearance for the relegated club, before being loaned out to Rayo Vallecano in January.

Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo informed the versatile defender that he was no longer wanted at Villa Park, which paved the way for Crespo to make his move away from England.

Crespo met his new team-mates on Thursday, before officially signing a contract for the Super League side as they prepare for the forthcoming campaign.

In the other Aston Villa news, youth is the way forward as manager Di Matteo gives academy graduates first team opportunity.