By Amir Mir

Aston Villa sent scouts to watch Portuguese outfit Benfica beat Dynamo Kiev 1-0 at the Estádio da Luz stadium on Tuesday night.

The Birmingham Mail claim Midlands duo Villa and West Brom sent scouts to watch the European big boys in action.

Winger Eduardo Salvio scored the only goal of the game for the home side, as he converted from the penalty-spot against the Ukrainian giants.

It is said that Championship club Villa are monitoring the European market in search of new talent, with the Midlands giants looking to strengthen their squad in January.

The club’s new owner Tony Xia spent over £50 million on transfers during the summer window, including big money moves for Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodjia.

Nine players arrived at Villa Park under the advice of then-manager Roberto Di Matteo, who was sacked by the club in October.

As a result, Chinese tycoon Xia, appointed Steve Bruce as manager, as the promotion expert has the task of guiding the club to instant promotion.

There is no doubt he will be keen to strengthen his squad and bring in his type of players, as he is unbeaten in his first four games in charge.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club’s 23-year-old has made an astonishing claim about the Championship side.