Aston Villa news

Delfouneso heads to Burnley

March 8, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Aston Villa have loaned out young striker Nathan Delfouneso to League Championship side Burnley for the rest of the season.

Nathan Delfouneso and Stiliyan Petrov celebrate the winner at Portsmouth
GettyImagesNathan Delfouneso has made 15 appearances for Aston Villa this season

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Delfouneso, 20, has found first-team opportunities harder to come by at Villa Park since the January arrival of Darren Bent.

He has now agreed to join the Clarets, who have been on the lookout for a new frontman after Charlie Austin was ruled out for the rest of the campaign with a dislocated shoulder.

Delfouneso, who has made just two Premier League starts this season, is a regular for the England Under-21s, with many tipping him to earn full international honours in future.

Should the paperwork go through in time, he could make his debut for Burnley in Tuesday night's clash with Hull.

On Monday, Villa manager Gerard Houllier allowed young Scotland midfielder Barry Bannan to join Leeds United on loan until the end of the season.