Aston Villa: Gerrard identifies 'main transfer priority' at Villa Park

Aston Villa's manager Steven Gerrard

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard is looking to bring a “traditional eight” to the club this transfer window, according to Dean Jones.

The Villans have made five signings so far this summer, but it’s thought that the former Rangers manager would like to add another midfielder this summer.

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GiveMeSport Transfer Update With Dean Jones

What’s the latest on Aston Villa?

According to the Birmingham Mail’s Ashley Preece, who was speaking on a fan’s forum on the BirminghamLive website, Villa will be looking to add another midfielder to the squad this season.

In the same forum, he stated that this was partially due to the fact that the club had lost the services of academy graduate Carney Chukwuemeka, who joined Chelsea for a fee in the region of £20m this earlier in August.

However, Preece also stated that Gerrard has been requesting the signing of another midfielder since ‘last month’ and that the club’s search for a midfielder will now ‘accelerate.’

And Jones believes that Gerrard would like another number eight to arrive at Villa Park before the transfer window shuts in September, and that this is now a priority for the club.

What has Jones said about Aston Villa?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “He wants more of a traditional eight coming to the Villa midfield.

“It’s really probably the main position he’s looking at right now, is getting the right midfielder.”

What next for Aston Villa?

The most substantiated link to a midfielder for Villa this season, seemed to be that of PSV Eindhoven and Ivory Coast international Ibrahim Sangaré, however that transfer seems to be off, following the midfielder’s contract extension at the Eredivisie club this season.

Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was also mooted as a midfield option for Villa this summer, but BBC Sport’s Phil McNulty ended any links in that move, stating that the club would not be making a move to sign the midfielder.

Yves Bissouma was another midfielder that Villa had been linked with, but the Mali international chose to sign for fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur this summer instead.

Speaking on the club’s desire for a midfielder this summer Gerrard stated: “It’s still an area we’re looking to strengthen and we want to challenge the lads that have done well for us in the last six months since we’ve been here.”

Villa tend to do their business quietly and quickly, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise if an announcement of a signing at Villa Park is made out of the blue, before the closure of the transfer window in September.

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