Bruce: This is what Aston Villa will do in the summer transfer market
By Harry Sykes
Steve Bruce has insisted there will not be another major overhaul of the Aston Villa playing squad this summer as he foresees up to two senior signings.
Villa owner Tony Xia has funded a huge revamp in the last two transfer windows following relegation from the Premier League last season.
Ex-manager Di Matteo was handed a big kitty to make changes in the last summer window and then his replacement Steve Bruce was able to do the same in January.
Bruce sanctioned a squad refurbishment worth nearly £30million as big-money signings Scott Hogan, Henri Lansbury, Birkir Bjarnason, Conor Hourihane, James Bree arrived, while Sam Johnstone joined on loan from Manchester United.
In turn, Rudy Gestede, Jordan Ayew and Ashley Westwood were allowed leave the club permanently, while Ross McCormack was loaned out to Nottingham Forest.
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Bruce is now happy with the players he has at his disposal as he explained his summer transfer plans and hinted there will not be big money to spend.
“There won’t be huge turnover this summer. I don’t think the club can expect to do that again. We’ve seen huge turnovers in the last couple of years,” the manager told the official Aston Villa website.
“One or two with that little bit of quality. I’ve got a squad now which I’m delighted about. If there’s a player who can make that big bit of difference, then one or two, rather than eight or 10, and I can’t see many going out the other way either.”
Bruce replaced Roberto Di Matteo at Villa Park and initially oversaw a revival before a crippling set of results either side of the new year effectively ended the club’s promotion hopes.
Villa have won five of their last six matches to climb to 12th in the Championship table but are 11 points adrift of Sheffield Wednesday, who are sixth and in the final promotion spot.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, talks are to get underway as a proven Premier League performer wants to join the Midlands club.