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Aston Villa confident Keith Wyness ban will not disrupt summer plans

VILLA are confident the ban facing chief executive Keith Wyness will not disrupt their plans for the summer transfer window.

Keith Wyness

Wyness will be suspended from all football activity for three weeks later this month after admitting an FA charge of misconduct for sharing an offensive tweet, which carried a caption questioning whether underperforming referees had ‘disabilities’.

The 59-year-old, who has also been hit with a £10,000 fine, is in charge of the day-to-day running at Villa Park and the club’s chief negotiator in transfer market.

But Villa have plans in place to cope while Wyness is away, with technical director Steve Round taking responsibility for transfer dealings alongside boss Steve Bruce.

Wyness’s absence is expected to coincide with a quiet period in what is a hugely important summer for the club, with Bruce eager to fashion a squad capable of challenging for promotion to the Premier League next season.

Villa are keen to conclude a season-long loan deal for Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone but are facing competition from Watford, who want to sign the 24-year-old on a permanent deal.

Norway international Vergard Forren is, meanwhile, the latest defender to be linked with a move to Villa Park.