Sherwood delighted with double signing

31 July 2015 12:26:10 EST

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has been busy in the transfer market ahead of the new Premier League season, bringing in two new players on a busy Friday at Villa Park.

Blackburn forward Rudy Gestede and Nantes midfielder Jordan Veretout have become the eighth and ninth new signings for a Villa side who narrowly avoided relegation last season.

I know Veretout is very highly rated over in France so we are delighted to get this deal over the line.

Tim Sherwood

The club have, in recent weeks, seen the departure of Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph, to Liverpool and Manchester City respectively and are priced at 1/1000 to be relegated at the end of the 2015-16 season.

However, Sherwood, after successfully fighting relegation and guiding the side to the FA Cup final, hopes the new signings will provide a boost with the new season just days away.

Gestede arrives on the back of a successful last term at Championship side Blackburn. He scored 22 goals and in total had a record of a goal every other game during his spell at Ewood Park.

Sherwood said of his new signing: "I've known about Rudy since he was at Cardiff and he is a player I've always admired.

"His goalscoring ratio last season was fantastic and he is someone who certainly knows how to find the back of the net."

Verevout comes to Villa Park from French club Nantes on a five-year deal. He is only 22 but has made 146 appearances for the French side and has also played for France at under-21 level.

Sherwood added: "I know Veretout is very highly rated over in France so we are delighted to get this deal over the line."

Verevout becomes Sherwood’s fourth summer signing from Ligue 1 following earlier moves for Jordan Amavi, Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Ayew.

The others to have joined Villa since last season are Micah Richards, Scott Sinclair, Mark Bunn and Jose Crespo.

Villa start the new Premier League season away at newly promoted Bournemouth where they are 18/5. Bournemouth are 5/6 and the draw is 14/5.

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