By Harry Sykes

Aston Villa medical chief Dan Donachie has dropped a big hint that the club are close to finalising some new signings.

The Championship big hitters have been closely linked with a number of players as manager Steve Bruce aims to reinforce his squad in the final week of the transfer window.

Head of Medicine and Sports Science Donachie teasingly suggested on Monday night that incoming signings were imminent as he took to Twitter to send a message to supporters.

Donachie reported on his personal Twitter account that it had been a “late one tonight” alongside a winking emoji and an image of Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training headquarters.

The message about medical activity at the training ground from such a senior figure will delight fans eager for the club to reinforce a squad that has disappointed in the opening half of the season.

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Villa’s 2-2 draw against Preston at the weekend kept Bruce’s side 13th in the Championship, a distant nine points from the play-off places.

The Sun claim the Midland giants are close to sealing a double deal that will take midfielder Conor Hourihane and right-back James Bree from Barnsley to Villa Park this month.

The duo, who will reportedly cost £2.5million and £3million respectively, are in line to take the clubs’ additions this month to four following the £3million arrival of Henri Lansbury from Nottingham Forest last week and the loan capture of goalkeeper Sam Johnstone from Manchester United at the start of the window.

Manager Bruce has repeatedly stressed that he wants to beef up a side that has scored only 28 goals from 27 league fixtures this season.

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