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17th Oct, 2016 | 12:58pm

Tony Xia drops hint about Aston Villa January plans

By Will Butcher

Tony Xia has dropped a hint Aston Villa will bring in even more reinforcements in January, after declaring that constant improvements are “needed”.

The 39-year-old spent almost £60million during the summer on nine new players including the likes of Ross McCormack, Jonathan Kodjia and James Chester.

Xia, who apppointed new manager Steve Bruce last week, revealed on his personal Twitter account that he will strive to constantly upgrade his squad.

The Sun claim that Villa want to complete a January loan deal for striker Rhodes as they try to improve their attacking form.

Xia saw his side draw 1-1 to Midlands rivals Wolves in Saturday’s tea-time Championship clash.

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Jonathan Kodjia scored just his second Villa goal from the spot, before Helder Costa also scored for Wolves from 12 yards out in the first half.

The draw means Villa have still only won once this season from 13 league and cup encounters, as they beat bottom of the table Rotherham by three goals to nil earlier in the campaign.

Bruce’s side sit in 20th place, after drawing eight of their 12 league games and face a difficult away trip to Reading on Tuesday night as they look to increase the gap from themselves and the Championship relegation zone.

In other Aston Villa news, this reliable journalist has delivered a damning verdict on the Midlands giants after their poor start to the season.