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American Exports: Bradley joins Villa on loan

United States midfielder Michael Bradley has joined EPL side Aston Villa on loan and could make his home debut against Clint Dempsey and Fulham on Saturday.

The Villans, who are owned by American businessman Randy Lerner and employ American goalkeeper Brad Friedel and defender Eric Lichaj, announced the move on Monday just hours before the European winter transfer window closed.

"I am really excited to be joining Villa," Bradley told Aston Villa's official website. "I am proud and thrilled and can't wait to get going now."

Bradley joins Villa after falling out of favor recently at Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach, who are struggling at the foot of the German top flight. He had started M'gladbach's last two games on the bench after tallying three goals and three assists during the current campaign. Bradley will remain with Villa until the end of the 2010-11 season when the club will have the option to make the move permanent.

The New Jersey-born 23-year-old began his professional career at the MetroStars in 2004 before enjoying a standout career at Holland's Heerenveen, for whom he scored 16 goals in 57 appearances.

[inline_node:315515]Bradley joined M'gladbach in 2008 and quickly became a mainstay in central midfield. He also has 50 caps for the US national team.

"I try to be a guy in the center of midfield who imposes himself on the game and can get forward and get goals," said Bradley, who will wear the No. 13 shirt for Villa. "I try to win tackles and, defensively, make it really hard on the other team in the center of the field. If you look at football nowadays, every team needs guys who are in the center of the field to win the battle in there. I will try to do everything I can to help the team be successful."

The Villans currently sit 15th in the EPL standings and are unbeaten in their last three outings. They face Manchester United on Tuesday although Bradley will be unavailable for that fixture.

"Michael is a very hard-working midfielder who can score goals and is versatile," Villa manager Gérard Houllier said. "I saw him play four times at the World Cup in South Africa. I saw him once on TV, but four times at the games for the national team, so in terms of scouting you cannot say the work has not been done."