Tony Xia hoping for four new faces at Aston Villa with Henri Lansbury first

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Villa are targeting 'seven or eight' players in the hope of bringing 'three or four' to the club in the transfer window, according to owner Dr Tony Xia – with Henri Lansbury set to be the first in the door.

Both Xia and chief executive Keith Wyness took to social media yesterday to allay any fears among supporters after a barren spell in terms of signings since the transfer window opened. Villa have been heavily linked with several players but have yet to complete a deal.

The most advanced is for Nottingham Forest's Henri Lansbury, with a £3million bid last night reportedly accepted.

The midfielder must undergo a medical before he can join Villa on a reported £40,000-a-week deal.

Barnsley defender James Bree is also high on the target list as is current Oakwell team-mate Conor Hourihane.

However, with fans desperate to see the claret and blues close the gap on the play-off places, Villa's top brass have sought to assure fans they are working hard to bring in the right men.

Xia tweeted: "Working hard every day now. About 7-8 targets ongoing but if we could get 3 done, then it's not bad result. If 4, would be great."


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