Jan Bednarek and Leander Dendoncker join Aston Villa as Wolves sign Boubacar Traore from Metz

Jan Bednarek and Leander Dendoncker join Aston Villa as Wolves sign Boubacar Traore from Metz
Jan Bednarek and Leander Dendoncker join Aston Villa as Wolves sign Boubacar Traore from Metz

Aston Villa have confirmed the Deadline Day signings of Leander Dendoncker and Jan Bednarek, while Wolves have secured the signing of Boubacar Traore from Metz.

Belgium international Dendoncker has walked through the Midlands from Molineux to Villa Park after an undisclosed fee, believed to be £13million, was agreed between the two clubs earlier on Thursday.

The length of the contract he has signed has not been disclosed at this stage.

Dendoncker, 27, made 159 appearances for Wolves after joining Anderlecht, initially on loan in 2018 and permanently a year later.

His sale, however, could not persuade Aston Villa to accept an improved offer from Arsenal for midfielder Douglas Luiz, who rejected offers of £20m, £23m and £25m from the Gunners on Thursday.

Bednarek, meanwhile, signed for Villa on a season-long loan from Southampton.

The 26-year-old Polish defender had appeared set to move to West Ham earlier today but that move fell through.

He spent five years at St Mary’s, following a 2017 move from Lech Poznan and made over 150 appearances for the club.

Meanwhile, Wolves’ transfer to Traore – a Mali U23 international – lasts the whole season with an option to buy for 11 million euros.

The 21-year-old underwent a medical on Thursday night, and personal conditions weren’t a problem.

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Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard admits Douglas Luiz’s future at the club is in his hands as he has little time left on his contract

Meanwhile, Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard says his recruitment team is also working hard to provide a boost for Deadline Day – although he also discussed the potential exit of Luiz, who won’t ultimately did not materialize.

“I don’t control that,” said Gerrard, when asked if Luiz – who scored a sensational goal from a corner – would still be at the club late Thursday. “There are more than two people controlling this, but I’m definitely not one of them.

“It will be Douglas, it will be his agent’s decision as to what happens around that. I would like to keep him because he is a fantastic player. I said it very clearly.

“We’re not in a position where we have to lose our best players, but at the same time Douglas has another year to go, and it’s one of those really tricky situations where the club has to do what is the best for the club and not necessarily what is best for me.”

Of the arrivals, he said: “Obviously there is very little time left, but people are working very hard in the background to try to get support where we need it. I don’t think it makes sense to me to say where and how much, but we’re working hard to try to make additions and get one or two to go the other way.”

. Jan Bednarek Leander Dendoncker join Aston Villa so Wolves sign Boubacar Traore Metz News football

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