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Rudy-Gestede-Aston-VillaAston Villa have completed the signing of Blackburn Rovers striker Rudy Gestede for £6million.

The 26-year-old Benin international scored 22 goals for Rovers last season, including 20 in the Championship.

Gestede graduated from the FC Metz academy in 2007 before signing for Cardiff City four years later and played a part in the Bluebirds’ promotion to the Premier League.

He made the move to Ewood Park in 2013 and established himself as one of the star performers in the side.

On Gestede’s arrival in the west midlands, Villa boss Tim Sherwood told the club’s website, ‘I’ve known about Rudy since he was at Cardiff City and he is a player I’ve always admired.’

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

‘He’s a big, physical striker but he can play and I’m pleased to welcome him to the football club.’

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