Simon Dawkins: Aston Villa sign Tottenham striker on loan

Simon Dawkins in action for San Jose Earthquakes

Aston Villa have taken striker Simon Dawkins on loan from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur until the end of the season.

The 25-year-old was released by Spurs in 2009 following long-term injury problems but re-joined them in 2011.

He spent the past two seasons on loan at Major League Soccer side San Jose Earthquakes and previously had a loan spell at Leyton Orient.

Dawkins scored 14 goals in his two seasons in the MLS.