Date: 27th January 2017 at 1:27pm
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By Amir Mir

Keith Wyness has stated that Aston Villa must secure the “right deals” as club chiefs prepare to strap on their seat belts for a “hectic ride” in the final days of the January windows.

The Championship promotion hopefuls have added five players this month to boost their chances of finishing in the top six.

On-loan Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was the first player through the door, followed by the permanent signing of Henri Lansbury from Nottingham Forest.

The Midlands side then went on a transfer blitz as three new additions were added to the squad in the space of 24 hours.

Right-back James Bree and playmaker Conor Hourihane joined from Championship rivals Barnsley while Icelandic midfielder Birkir Bjarnason arrived from Swiss leaders Basel.

As the transfer window nears its end, the club’s chief executive provided this update to supporters on Friday morning as posted on his personal Twitter account.

“Strapping our seat belts on for a hectic ride,” said Wyness. “The deals must be right”

There have also been a few departures from the club this month, striker Rudy Gestede moved to Premier League side Middlesbrough on a permanent basis.

Meanwhile, left-back Aly Cissokho and goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini made loan transfers to Greece and Italy respectively.

Steve Bruce’s side are nine points off the play-off places as they are hopeful that the new additions this month can add some much-needed firepower to their squad.

Aside from star striker Jonathan Kodjia, Villa have been tame in front of goal without the Ivory Coast international, scoring just twice in their last four games since his departure to the Africa Cup of Nations.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, supporters on Twitter plead the club not to sell Jack Grealish after speculation. 

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