Xia outlines Aston Villa transfer plan before window closes

By Tom Blackburn

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia says the club are still working to make signings ahead of the closure of the transfer window on Wednesday night.

The Chinese tycoon purchased the Championship club in June for £75 million and has helped Roberto Di Matteo acquire eight new players during the summer transfer window.

The outspoken Villa owener took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to respond to a fan asking if there would be any more recruits.

Xia replied on his personal account to say that the club were “still working” on deals ahead of the cut-off but had signed seven of the eight players requested by Roberto Di Matteo.

Earlier on Tuesday, Xia dismissed the possibility of Aston Villa signing Lazio playmaker Ravel Morrison saying the youngster failed to fit his ideals.

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There was some speculation that the former Manchester United youngster could be set for a move to Villa Park after he began following the Villa Twitter account at the end of July.

Champions League-winning manager Di Matteo has made eight signings this summer including Premier League defenders Tommy Elphick, James Chester and Ritchie De Laet.

Pierluigi Gollini, Ross McCormack, Aaron Tshibola and Mile Jedinak then took the club’s spending to around £40million.

Their most recent arrival came on Tuesday, when the Midlands side announced the signing of 26-year-old striker Jonathan Kodjia from Bristol City.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, they are to complete a £15million transfer on Wednesday morning.