By Harvey Byrne
Tony Xia has dismissed the possibility on Twitter of Aston Villa signing Lazio playmaker Ravel Morrison.
Morrison, 23, is expected to leave his Serie A side this summer after manager Filippo Inzaghi confirmed that his English attacking midfielder is on the transfer list.
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.
However, outspoken Villa owner Xia has quashed these rumours on his personal Twitter account after a fan asked on Tuesday afternoon whether there was any truth in the speculation.
“Can you kindly give some kind of indication if there is any truth in the Ravel Morrison to Villa rumour,” tweeted the fan to the Chinese business tycoon.
“No. Look for my Tweet about the four basic principles for our new player,” replied Xia almost instantly on the social media platform.
No. Look for my tweet about the 4 basic principles for our new players. https://t.co/pV73kl37ii
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 30, 2016
The tweet that the owner was referring to was one made at the beginning of August stating that the club wanted players with character, top-level experience in English football and a willingness to fight for Villa.
Our basic principles 4 ins:1,mentality&character 1st priority;2,championship experience/premier is a+;
3;willing to fight for Villa!
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 9, 2016
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 additions include £27million spent on Championship goal scoring duo Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodjia.
Morrison is known for being a controversial character from his time in England with Manchester United and West Ham.
The former bright prospect has only made 70 senior appearances since graduating from the Manchester United academy in 2010.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Hull City and Marseille are lining up bids for Villa forward Jordan Ayew.