Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori has joined Aston Villa on a season-long loan with a view of making the deal permanent in the future. Villa had hoped to sign the centre half before Tuesday's 6pm (BST) transfer deadline, but after failing to complete the paperwork, the clubs submitted a 'Premier League deal sheet' allowing them an extension of two hours to get the deal over the line.
The Liverpool Echo report that Villa have paid Brendan Rodgers' side a fee of £1m for the loan, although it remains to be seen how much it will cost them to make the deal a permanent one next summer.
Tim Sherwood told Villa's official website of the transfer: "I am very pleased to bring Tiago into the football club. He's someone I have been aware of for some time and I am looking forward to working with him. He's a young guy who I believe will enhance the group here."
The deal is a slightly odd one from Liverpool's point of view with the side's defensive options struggling this season. But with the money offered from Villa they appear to have found the offer too good to refuse for a player who has not been on Brendan Rodgers' radar since he moved to the club in 2013.
Ilori has yet to make an appearance for the first team after signing with the Reds for around £7m. He was sent on loan with Granada in Spain and Bordeaux in France since signing for the Merseyside club, but Rodgers has yet to show much interest since claiming he would become a long term option for the club when he was signed.
While reports suggest Villa will have the option to make the deal for the London-born defender a permanent one, Liverpool did not clarify the player's future in their statement.