By Amir Mir

Aston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness has said they are “focused” on their targets as the January transfer window is set to open next month.

Wyness also stated that they will do their best to deliver manager Steve Bruce’s wishes as their preparations are in “full swing”.

The Midlands outfit are six points away from the play-off places as they aim to use the January window to boost their chances of a top six finish.

Villa broke the Championship record on two occasions during the summer window, when they signed strikers Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodjia.

As former Premier League manager Bruce wants to stamp his authority on the team, Wyness delivered this message to supporters on his personal Twitter account.

Ivory Coast international Kodjia has perhaps been the best summer purchase by Villa this season, following his move from Bristol City.

He has scored eight goals in 17 Championship games for the club, including the only goal of the game as Bruce’s side beat Ian Holloway’s QPR at the weekend.

Villa have drawn a league high of ten games this term, three more than their fellow Championship counterparts.

Nigel Clough’s Burton are one of those teams on seven draws and they visit Villa Park on Boxing day to take on Bruce’s side in front of what could be a sell out crowd.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, owner Tony Xia has aimed a dig at the previous regime at the club.