By Dominic Toner
Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo insists that he will take his time to find a new striker who can complement his squad.
The Italian already has attacking options at Villa with forwards Scott Sinclair, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Jordan Ayew, Libor Jozak and Rugy Gustede currently at his disposal.
He told the Birmingham Mail: “We’ve got some strikers with certain attributes but you’re going to have many different opponents throughout the season.
“We need someone who can complement that part of the team. I need someone who can help change the game if we need it. When you’re looking at a striker, you want a player who will score you goals.”
Villa have already made some additions this summer with defender Tommy Elphick and goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini joining the Midlands club and they announced the signing of midfielder Aaron Tshibola from Reading on Sunday.
Despite remaining active in the transfer window Di Matteo revealed that a player exodus is still needed at the club this summer.
The newly-relegated Championship side are currently away on a pre-season training camp in Austria and it is understood that the former Chelsea boss will decide on the future of his squad there as well as in domestic friendlies.
Villa grabbed a comprehensive 8-0 pre-season victory over GAK Graz in a friendly as they prepare for a first taste of Championship football.
The former Champions League winning manager has walked into a team which managed just three wins last seaon as they were relegated into the second tier amid a disjointed club which led to the departure of the much criticised owner Randy Lerner.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, their defender believes his ability from set-pieces can earn him a starting place next season.