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Villa Duran deal done, Reds recall Williams

Aston Villa have completed the signing of Colombia international John Duran from Chicago Fire, the Premier League club have announced.

Villa agreed a reported £14.75 million deal with the Major League Soccer franchise for the 19-year-old striker last week.

Duran scored eight goals in 22 MLS appearances for the Fire last season and has three international caps to his name.

He becomes manager Unai Emery’s second signing of the January transfer window following the arrival of full-back Alex Moreno from Real Betis.

A club statement read: “Aston Villa is delighted to confirm Jhon Duran has completed a permanent transfer from Chicago Fire for an undisclosed fee.”

Rhys Williams last appeared in the Premier League for Liverpool in May 2021

Meanwhile, Liverpool have recalled defender Rhys Williams from his loan spell at Blackpool as potential cover for any transfer activity.

With senior centre-back Virgil Van Dijk sidelined by a hamstring problem until the middle of next month the club are keen to ensure they are not left short of options.

Nat Phillips is currently fifth choice, behind Van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, and has made only five appearances this season but it is understood that he is attracting interest ahead of the window closing having previously had loans at Stuttgart and Bournemouth.

As a result, 21-year-old Williams has returned from Blackpool, where he made 17 appearances, to cover all eventualities.

Todd Cantwell

Michael Beale has completed his first signing as Rangers manager by bringing in Todd Cantwell from Norwich.

Rangers say the 24-year-old has signed a “long-term deal”.

The versatile attacking player made 129 appearances for Norwich, winning two Championship titles and playing in the Premier League.

Cantwell also helped Bournemouth win promotion to the Premier League during a loan spell last season and had a temporary stint at Fortuna Sittard in the Netherlands earlier in his career.

Cantwell told Rangers TV: “I am delighted and I feel very proud. This is obviously a massive football club and I am delighted to get going and to get started.

“This is a massive club and there is a massive responsibility when you sign for Rangers to be the player that the fans want to see.

“They want to see a player that works hard and a player that can win them games which is very important and that is something I am hoping I can bring.”