Aston Villa sign midfielder Barkley from Luton

Aston Villa have signed midfielder Ross Barkley from Luton Town on a permanent deal.

The 30-year-old made 32 Premier League appearances for Luton, who were relegated from the top flight, in 2023-24.

Barkley spent the 2020-21 season on loan at Aston Villa from Chelsea.

The former Everton midfielder also made 33 appearances for England between 2013 and 2019.

Luton manager Rob Edwards said Barkley "still wants to play for England and believes this gives him the best chance to do so".

“It was great to work with him for a season," Edwards told the club website.

"He was amazing, provided lots of good memories for us all and the supporters fell in love with him, but I’m sure everyone will understand the opportunity."