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23rd Dec, 2016 | 6:14pm

The three best Aston Villa winter transfers

By Emma Sanders

With the January transfer window approaching, and Steve Bruce reportedly ready to spend, Football Insider looks back at the three best winter transfers in Villa’s recent history. 

Ashley Young, £11million – 2007

The 31-year-old has been tipped with a move back to Villa and it’s easy to see why the club would want him back. Young was one of the best players at the club in the last decade and he has gone on to achieve success with Manchester United since leaving in 2011. He made 157 Premier League appearances for Villa during an impressive four-year career and was a regular starter on the wing, alongside Stewart Downing.

Darren Bent, £18m – 2011

Bent has played for several Premier League clubs and has proven to be just as prolific at each one. In total the striker netted 106 Premier League goals in 277 games. He was impressive during his first two seasons for Villa before he was loaned out to Fulham and Brighton before eventually being sold to Derby on a free in 2015.

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Emile Heskey, £3.5m – 2009

The former Liverpool star joined Villa in January 2009 for £3.5 million from Wigan and it proved to be a shrewd signing for the club. Heskey was a proven goal-scorer in his prime but even at the age of 31 he was a valuable squad member although he only scored 14 goals in 110 games for Villa. However, Heskey was always more than just his goals and he earned a call-up to the England squad too in his time at Villa. This was surprising but it was a testament to his impressive performances for Villa.

In other Aston Villa news, this is the expected line-up for Villa’s clash against Burton Albion.