Confirmed: Aston Villa given emphatic answer in pursuit of 24-year-old midfielder
By Dominic Toner
Former Aston Villa target Yeltsin Tejeda has ended speculation about his future by joining Swiss Super League side Lausanne-Sport.
The club confirmed on Friday the signing of the Costa Rica international, closing the possibility of a move to England.
The 24-year-old made 27 appearances in all competition last season for French side Evian and Villa were monitoring his availability.
French website Le Dauphine Libere claimed last month that Villa are the front-runners for his signature.
The defensive midfielder had impressed during his two seasons with the French outfit, but still proved unable to prevent them from suffering consecutive relegations as they tumbled into the third division of French football.
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His new Swiss club Lausanne have just earned promotion to the top-flight and he will look to improve his career there instead of England.
Tejeda was also included in Costa Rica’s 2016 Copa America squad, but couldn’t help them qualify from their group.
Despite missing out on the South American Villa have already added defender Tommy Elphick from Bournemouth, as well as young Italian goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini to their squad.
The Midlands club have also ruled themselves out of a move for forward Patrick Bamford, despite his previous experience in the Championship.
In other Aston Villa news, one of their new signings has said things need to change at Villa Park.