Liverpool defender completes deadline-day Anfield exit

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Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori has completed a deadline-day move to Premier League side Aston Villa.

According to Sky Sports, the two clubs left it late to complete the deal, but the move was eventually confirmed after the 6pm deadline after the pair submitted the appropriate paperwork to the Premier League.

The same source report that the Villains will pay up to £1 million for the temporary deal—depending on how many outings the Hampstead-born player makes for Tim Sherwood’s side—while they also have an option to buy included in the deal.

Sherwood has taken considerable steps to bolster his defence during the summer window, with Joleon Lescott arriving from West Bromwich Albion on deadline day, and Jordan Amavi and Micah Richards both moving to Villa Park earlier in the window.

Ilori, who represents Portugal at U21 level, but who is also eligible for Nigeria (through his father) and England (through birth), spent last season on loan at Girondins de Bordeaux.

According to the Sunderland Echo, the player had previously been on Sunderland’s radar.

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He moved to Anfield for £7 million from Sporting Lisbon two years ago [The Guardian] but, as yet, hasn’t been able to muscle his way in Brendan Rodgers’s first-team plans.

Despite Liverpool’s unconvincing defensive performances to date, it appears that Ilori will have to wait a little longer to finally make his mark on Merseyside.

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