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Stephen Ireland signs

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Stephen Ireland signs

Aston Villa Football Club can confirm that Stephen Ireland has joined on a four-year contract, having completed his transfer from Manchester City.

"This is a great signing for the football club," said Aston Villa caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald.

"Stephen is an outstanding young talent who will complement the talented players we already have here and we're looking forward very much to working with him."

The club can confirm that James Milner has also completed his transfer from Villa to Manchester City.

The England international won the Supporters' Player of the Year award last season and we wish him well in his ongoing career and acknowledge the excellent contribution he made during his time here.

The relevant paperwork is due to be finalised within the next couple of hours.

By @AVFCOfficial 18th August 2010