Two notable signings occurred on the eve of the Premier League season, as two teams who wear maroon have added options.
Aston Villa has inked Colombia defensive midfielder Carlos Sanchez from Elche of La Liga to a four-year deal that comes on the heels of an undisclosed fee.
Meanwhile, West Ham United snapped up Senegal’s Diafra Sakho from Metz, where he scored 43 goals over his past seasons in French’s second and third divisions.
Sanchez, 28, was integral to Colombia’s World Cup quarterfinal run this summer and will play atop a back four that added Philippe Senderos and Aly Cissokho to captain Ron Vlaar’s outfit.
The 44-times capped Colombian was at Elche for just a year after spending 2007-2013 in France with Valenciennes.
Sakho, 24, will help fill the gap left by another long-term injury to Andy Carroll, and joins a strike force that added Ecuador’s Enner Valencia and Argentine forward Mauro Zarate this summer.
He’s been capped twice by Senegal and is the reigning Ligue 2 player of the year, an honor previously won by Newcastle’s Yoan Gouffran and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud during their days in France’s second flight.