Aston Villa signs Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen

  • FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, July 12, 2021, Jamaica forward Leon Bailey moves the ball against Suriname during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C soccer match, in Orlando, USA.  English Premier League team Aston Villa has announced Saturday July 31, 2021, an agreement to sign winger Leon Bailey from German club Bayer Leverkusen.

    FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, July 12, 2021, Jamaica forward Leon Bailey moves the ball against Suriname during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C soccer match, in Orlando, USA. English Premier League team Aston Villa has announced Saturday July 31, 2021, an agreement to sign winger Leon Bailey from German club Bayer Leverkusen. Associated Press

 
 
Posted8/4/2021 7:00 AM

BIRMINGHAM, England -- Aston Villa signed forward Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen to a four-year contract on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old Jamaica international scored 15 goals and had 11 assists across all competitions last season for the German club.

 

'Leon is a hugely exciting young striker with great pace and creativity,' Villa manager Dean Smith said. 'He has enjoyed a successful career at Leverkusen and we are now looking forward to watching him show his skills and talents for Aston Villa in the Premier League.'

Villa had earlier announced it had a transfer deal in place with the Bundesliga club. Financial terms were not disclosed but media in both countries reported the fee was at least 32 million euros ($38 million) before bonuses. He's signed through the 2024-25 season.

Bailey had joined Leverkusen in January 2017 from Genk in Belgium.

He made his debut for Jamaica in June 2019.

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