Dr Tony Xia is the new owner of Aston Villa

By Tom Blackburn

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has revealed the club are close to signing an attacking midfielder and are also in hot pursuit of a new striker.

The Chinese businessman revealed on his personal Twitter account in the early hours of Saturday morning the latest in the club’s attempt to strengthen Roberto Di Matteo’s squad.

Xia said the signing of an “attacking mid/winger is close to done” and revealed that Villa were “working hard” to land a new striker before the transfer window cut-off next Wednesday.

Aston Villa have had a busy transfer window, and in the past days they have been linked with Stefani Okaka from Anderlecht.

The Daily Mail claimed that Villa in talks to sign striker Okaka, who is a four time Italy international.

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The 27-year-old was in good form last term for the Belgian giants, scoring 17 goals last season in all competitions as his side finished second in the Belgian Pro League.

The striker, who also has one Italy goal to his name, is known for his aerial ability, which he combines with a decent amount of pace.

They had previously been interested in Patrick Bamford, but the Guardian claimed this week that the Chelsea striker would snub a move to the Championship to join Premier League Burnley.

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

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

In other Aston Villa news, a flight has been booked and a medical scheduled as the club agree a cut-price defender deal.