Dean Smith insists Aston Villa are “working around the clock” to bolster their squad in the January transfer window, but doubts any new signings will arrive before Sunday’s clash with Manchester City.
Villa are on the hunt for winter recruits after suffering a double injury blow in their last Premier League outing away at Burnley.
Star striker Wesley and goalkeeper Tom Heaton have both been ruled out for the rest of the season after being stretchered off with knee injuries at Turf Moor, forcing Smith to draw up replacement plans this month.
It is believed the Midlands outfit are targeting a move for outcasted Chelsea centre-forward Olivier Giroud, who is looking to leave Stamford Bridge after being left out in the cold by Frank Lampard for the majority of the campaign.
Nevertheless, Smith believes four boxes need to be ticked when chasing players in the transfer window.
“We’re working on it all the time, do I think we’ll have it before Sunday? No,” Smith said.
Villa are in need of new signings after losing Wesley and Tom Heaton for the rest of the season
“We’re working around the clock to bring players in but it’s a narrow window and a lot of clubs don’t want their better players to be leaving.
“When you are after players, four things need to align, the selling clubs want to sell, the buying club wants to buy and have the funds and then the player and his agents.
Olivier Giroud has reportedly been identified as a potential transfer target
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“There are four boxes and we’re not any closer to doing that at the moment.”
Much to Villa’s frustration, Sky Sports are reporting that Giroud’s agents have agreed terms with Inter Milan.
The 33-year-old is set to sign a two-year deal with Antonio Conte’s Serie A leaders, who now need to agree a deal with Chelsea.