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Everton winger Yannick Bolasie has joined Championship club Aston Villa on a season-long loan deal after initially holding talks with Middlesbrough.

Bolasie joined the Toffees in a £30m move from Crystal Palace in 2016 but has struggled for both form and fitness since arriving at Goodison Park.

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Following a cruciate knee ligament damage against Manchester United, the 29-year-old missed almost a year of football shortly after signing for the club.

The former Crystal Palace winger is yet to feature this season and has fallen down the pecking order at Everton following the arrival of Brazilian duo Richarlison and Bernard.

Bolasie was pictured in the stands at Villa Park on Wednesday, watching the 2-2 draw with Brentford, and the DR Congo international says he is determined to help Villa secure promotion back to the top-flight.

“My main aim here is to get this club promoted,” he said. “A club of this stature has to be in the Premier League.

“I looked around both Villa Park and the training ground, and me and my family just said, ‘wow’. It’s Premier League everywhere you look.

“I’m here to make myself smile again and use all my ability to try and help the team. It’s great to be here.”