Goalkeeper Pepe Reina has joined Aston Villa from AC Milan on loan until the end of the season.

The former Liverpool stopper returns to the Premier League following a six-year absence after Villa's number one Tom Heaton was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.

England international Heaton sustained a knee injury in Villa's 2-1 victory at Burnley on New Year's Day.

Reina, 37, watched Villa's 6-1 home defeat against Manchester City on Saturday from the stands.

The Spaniard could make his debut away at Brighton this weekend.

Speaking to the club's website, Reina said: "It is a great dressing room, and I have been told they are great lads.

"Now we need a mentality to be strong and to be ready for a good battle. We need to play with discipline and remain determined. These kinds of things need to be our basics."

Head coach Dean Smith added: "We've managed to secure a player in Pepe who has a wealth of Premier League experience.

"At the start of the summer we were looking for an experienced goalkeeper and brought in Tom Heaton.

"Unfortunately, his injury has ruled him out for the rest of the season, but Pepe fits our criteria not just because of his experience but also because of his leadership qualities."

Reina spent nearly a decade at Anfield before moving to Bayern Munich in 2014. He then joined Napoli after just one season in Germany.

A move to AC Milan followed, but Reina has featured just once for the Serie A club this term. 

Begovic is joining AC Milan

Meanwhile, Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has gone in the other direction and joined AC Milan on loan until the end of the season.

The 32 year-old spent the first half of the season at Qarabag in Azerbaijan on a temporary basis but will head to Milan, who sit 10th in Serie A, for the remainder of the campaign.

Begovic has made 62 appearances for Bournemouth since he moved to the Vitality Stadium from Chelsea in the summer of 2017.

But the Bosnia and Herzegovina international has been deemed surplus to requirements after falling behind Aaron Ramsdale, 21, and Mark Travers, 20, in manager Eddie Howe's plans.