By Harry Sykes

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has revealed that the club are planning to add eight more signings this summer.

The Chinese businessman, who has flown to London to oversee Villa’s business ahead of the new campaign, made the astonishing claim on Twitter on Saturday evening.

He revealed Villa have lodged three bids for new players and are negotiating two loans and promised that “it will work out as planned”.

Xia has already built up a reputation for being outspoken on the social media site after taking over the club this summer and his claim about an imminent blizzard of signings will what whetted the appetites of supporters ahead of the Championship opener against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.

The Villa chairman took to Twitter on Saturday evening to reply to a fan about whether the club had secured enough new signings to make a promotion challenge.

“Our plan is to add 7-8 new players,” said Xia on his personal Twitter account.

The tweet comes just two days after the Midlands giants announced the signing of Ross McCormack from Fulham in a £12million deal.

Xia followed that by announcing that up to four players were to come in plus an experienced technical director.

His latest comments suggests that the club hierarchy now have even bigger plans to add to the four senior signings made so far this summer.

Villa have recruited centre-back Tommy Elphick, central midfielder Aaron Tshibola and goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini in addition to forward McCormack.

Intriguingly, Villa ambassador Ian Taylor has stated that the club are in the market for another striker, after signing McCormack.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club have agreed the terms of a defender deal.