Djemba-Djemba leaves Villa for Burnley loan

January 12, 2007

Burnley have signed Aston Villa midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba on loan until the end of the season.

Clarets boss Steve Cotterill has moved quickly to replace Micah Hyde, who moved to Peterborough in a £75,000 move on Thursday.

Djemba-Djemba failed to make an impact in the midlands following his £1.3million transfer from Manchester United in January 2005 and Cotterill hopes the 25-year-old's desire to succeed at Turf Moor will make up for his lack of match fitness after two years on the fringes.

The Burnley boss said: 'He has not played a lot of football but obviously on the back of Micah Hyde leaving we had to move to do something.

'Eric has good pedigree and we are hoping that once we get him fit he will be a good addition to the squad for the rest of the season.

'It shows something about the boy's character that he is prepared to drop down from the Premiership to play for Burnley.'