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Aston Villa have confirmed that they are assisting the Football Association with an investigation into transfer dealings at Villa Park, during former manager, John Gregory’s spell at the club.

Villa have agreed to a request from the FA’s Compliance Unit to release files relating to transfers conducted during a three-year period (1998-2001) at the club.

A Villa spokesman said: ‘As with a number of clubs we can confirm information has been handed over to the Football Association. The paperwork involves foreign transfers during John Gregory’s time as manager at Aston Villa.

‘Aston Villa wish to make it perfectly clear that they will give every assistance to the appropriate authorities inthis matter.’

The transfer which has created most interest is the œ6million spent on Dinamo Zagreb tstriker Bosko Balaban, who did not start a single Premiership game for Villa before being loaned back to Dinamo Zagreb in the summer. Balaban was Gregory’s last big money signing before he left Villa Park to become manager of Derby.

Other foreign signings which will be scrutinised include Juan Pablo Angel’s move from River Plate for £9 million and Alpay’s £5.5 million switch from Fenerbahce.

Villa are one of several English clubs who have been asked to supply information pertaining to transfers by the Football Association.

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