Leroy Fer has become an Aston Villa player with just half an hour to go until the deadline.
Words by Regan Foy (@FindFoy)

Editor: At the time of writing, multiple journalists and sources had announced that Leroy Fer had joined Aston Villa. We jumped the gun and wrote an article and published it. Currently, Leroy Fer is still a Swansea City player and we can only apoligise for publishing the article too early. 

Instead, Tom Carroll has signed. 

Aston Villa made made their third deadline-day signing this evening, with Netherlands international Leroy Fer joining from Swansea City.

It was reported earlier on that French outfit Lille and another European side were interested in signing Fer, who Swansea were looking to offload, but Aston Villa arose with an offer that turned his head and he travelled to Bodymoor Heath for a medical.

Leroy Fer, who turned 29-years-old this month, has played for the Netherlands national team 11 times and certainly showed Dean Smith the pedigree that he has when Aston Villa faced Swansea City in the FA Cup.

In that game, Fer played a pinpoint pass to cut through the Aston Villa defence and give the Swans a three goal advantage.

The midfielder has made 26 appearances for the Swans this season, with nine coming from the bench, and he has played at both central midfield and defensive midfield.

According to Whoscored.com, Fer’s positive attributes include aerial duels, dribbling, tackling and defensive contributions.

Many fans have been clamouring for an addition in the defensive midfield area, and Leroy Fer fits this bill to the tee.

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