It was expected that he would move back to Ligue 1 on a permanent basis, but the Viola made their move last week.
The likes of Mile Jedinak, Henri Lansbury, Conor Hourihane, Gary Gardner and Whelan will be all vying for a place in Bruce's midfield.
Ravens' Kenneth Dixon Out For Season With Torn Meniscus
Dixon will have surgery to fix a torn meniscus on Tuesday, with a possible 6-8 week absence depending on how severe the tear is. Rainey, 29, signed with the Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and spent the 2016 season with the New York Giants.
French newspaper L'Équipe expects the deal to be worth around €7m [£6.2m], a slight loss for Villa on the £7m they paid to sign him. He'll also link up with former Villa man, Carlos Sanchez in the middle of the park for a Fiorentina side that just lost Federico Bernardeschi to Juventus.
The French midfielder's future has been subject to much speculation since he returned from a loan spell with French club Saint-Etienne at the end of last season.
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