Aston Villa flop Aleksander Tonev joins Celtic

Aston Villa flop Aleksander Tonev has completed a loan move to Glasgow Celtic.

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The 24-year-old Bulgaria international has made just eight starts for Villa since a £2.5m switch from Lech Poznan in June 2013.

The former CSKA Sofia player made a further 12 appearances as a substitute for Paul Lambert’s side.

The Hoops can buy Tonev on a permanent basis if the move proves to be a success.

Tonev said: “Joining Celtic is unbelievable, and I feel really good about it.

“I’m delighted to have joined the club and I can’t wait to meet up with my new team-mates and start playing for Celtic.

“I already knew all about Celtic.”

Meanwhile, the agent of Elche’s defensive midfielder Carlos Sanchez says his player is talking with Villa over a move.

Diego Merino was reportedly in the Second City with his player available for any club willing to meet the £1.5m release clause.

Everton and Queens Park Rangers have also been linked with the Colombia international but Villa are now reportedly leading the chase.

The 28-year-old is keen to move to England, having represented his country at the World Cup.