By Danny Wright

2nd Aug, 2017 | 11:12am

'We’ve missed out on a few' - Aston Villa boss Bruce reveals transfer frustration

By Danny Wright

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has admitted that he has been frustrated by missing out on a number of his transfer targets this summer.

The Villains have brought in five players since last season ended, however only two of them deals has seen owner Dr Tony Xia reach into his pockets.

Free agents John Terry and Chris Samba have been signed up to bolster Bruce’s defence while Sam Johnstone has arrived on a second loan deal from Manchester United.

Ahmed Elmohamady and Glenn Whelan have been the only players that Aston Villa have been able to spend any money on this summer, however Bruce has admitted that he would have preferred to have brought in a few more players on loan.

“We’ve missed out on a few,” the former Hull manager said, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.

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“The problem is, the big clubs like Chelsea and United (among others) want their players to be playing in the Premier League to see how they perform.

“One or two loan options is always a key.

“When I was Hull, we used the loan market very well and even last year we saw how David Wagner at Huddersfield used it well.”

The Birmingham Mail reports that Villa were interested in raiding Chelsea for the youthful trio or Tammy Abraham, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Izzy Brown, but Bruce failed to land any of them as they opted to stay in the Premier League.

Joe Hart and Aaron Mooy were also said to be targets of Aston Villa, but like the Chelsea youngsters they also remained in the top-flight with respective moves to West Ham and newly promoted Huddersfield.

In other Aston Villa news, with Jack Grealish ruled out for months, the Villains should look no further than their local rivals West Brom for a temporary solution.

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