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Cameron Archer completes £18.5million move from Aston Villa to Sheffield United

Villa have confirmed the sale of striker Cameron Archer to Sheffield United in a deal which includes a buy-back clause.

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The 21-year-old has joined the Blades for a fee of around £18.5million, signing a four-year deal at Bramall Lane.

Archer becomes the second academy product to depart Villa Park in recent days with midfielder Aaron Ramsey having joined Burnley for £14m.

That deal also includes a buy-back clause, with Villa keen to retain some control over the futures of both players who, while highly-regarded, were not viewed as first-team regulars under Unai Emery.

Walsall-born Archer, who scored 11 goals while on loan at Middlesbrough in the Championship last season, had been at Villa since the age of seven.

He scored four senior goals for the club, all of them coming in the Carabao Cup two seasons ago.

Archer posted a message on social media, which read: “It’s time to leave the club after 14 years. I am so grateful to all the staff and players. The lessons I’ve learned have been so valuable and ones I’ll carry with me for life.

“From playing in the barn, after school, with my friends before training on a Tuesday night to scoring my first professional hat-trick and making my Premier League debut – what a journey it’s been! Lastly, to the fans, thank you for your endless support always!”

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