London – Aston Villa introduced on Monday that they had signed former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina on mortgage from AC Milan for the remainder of the season.
Villa boss Dean Smith moved for Reina after the suffering Premier League membership’s first-choice keeper Tom Heaton used to be dominated out for the remainder of the marketing campaign.
Heaton suffered a knee damage towards Burnley on New Yr’s Day and Jed Steer, who featured all through Villa’s promotion from the Championship remaining season, could also be out via damage.
“Now we have controlled to safe a participant in Pepe who has a wealth of Premier League revel in,” Smith informed Villa’s website online.
“Firstly of the summer season we had been in search of an skilled goalkeeper and taken in Tom Heaton.
“Sadly, his damage has dominated him out for the remainder of the season however Pepe suits our standards now not simply as a result of his revel in but in addition as a result of his management qualities.”
Reina, who has been capped 36 occasions by way of Spain, made 394 appearances for Liverpool between 2005 and 2013 ahead of transferring to Bayern Munich after a mortgage spell with Italian membership Napoli.
The 37-year-old may make his Villa debut in Saturday’s go back and forth to Brighton.
With Orjan Nyland in objective, Villa had been thrashed 6-1 by way of Manchester Town on Sunday to slide into the Premier League relegation zone.
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