Following on from an impressive opening day victory for Aston Villa over Hull City on Monday night, Steve Bruce’s focus for the next few days will be solely on sealing any late transfer business before Thursday’s deadline day.
The Villa boss hinted after the game against Hull that additions could happen before the window slams shut, joining Axel Tuanzebe, who completed a loan return to the club on earlier on during Monday afternoon.
“We are close to one or two things.Hopefully we will get them over the line and be better than where we are at this particular moment. The plan forward is not just a sticking plaster. It is going to take time. Too often now we have just tried to make rash decisions and it has not paid off.”
Here are four deals that could be completed by Aston Villa:
Joe Bryan – Bristol City
News emerged on Monday that Bristol City have accepted a £6 million bid from Aston Villa for left-back Joe Bryan, with BBC Sport among those to report on the transfer speculation. Middlesbrough are also believed to have had a bid accepted though, so it is far from a done deal yet.
Jack Grealish – Tottenham
Sky Sports say that Tottenham remain hopeful of completing a deal for midfielder Jack Grealish before the transfer window closes, despite time running out before the deadline arrives and the two clubs seemingly still some way apart from agreeing a deal.
“He’s a wonderful talent and we will do our best to keep him, but obviously it’s going to be difficult. The human side of him wants to play in the Premier League, Europe, the Champions League – it’s all natural. I’m sure it’s going to be a fraught two or three days, but the owner has made it clear he wants him to stay and that’s what we will try to do. They’ve made it clear they don’t want to sell him and that still stands. If they get to a magical figure, we’ll see.”
Boss Steve Bruce made it clear that the club do not want to lose their creative midfielder but they could have their work cut out, though it is clearly a positive sign that he played for the Villans in their win on Monday.
Lukas Nmecha – Manchester City
A surprise late candidate to join the club, the Express and Star say that the 19-year-old Manchester City man was at the KC Stadium to watch as Villa beat Hull City, sparking speculation that he could be about to join the club on loan.
Prolific with City’s under 23s side last season, he could add a goal threat up-front and is reported to be available for a loan switch to the Championship to gain regular first team football.
Orjan Nyland – Ingolstadt
Birmingham Live say that Norwegian goalkeeper Orjan Nyland could join from Bundesliga 2 side FC Ingolstadt to provide competition for Andre Moreira in between the sticks for Steve Bruce and co.
The 27-year-old is highly rated and a big presence at 6 foot, 4 inches tall and could now move to Villa Park to fight for the number one spot if a deal can be tied up.