Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce insists the club will have to remain patient as they wait on other clubs to sanction deals for the players he wants.
It has been widely reported that Bruce is looking to bring in a defender and a striker, with Manchester United’s Axel Tuanzebe and Leicester City’s Leonardo Ulloa the two names heavily linked.
However, they haven’t arrived in time for Villa’s clash against Barnsley tomorrow and Bruce told the Birmingham Mail the time scale depends entirely on the other clubs. “We need the clubs to say yes, basically.”
Whilst those deals are eventually expected to go through, the boss remains confident he has enough in his current squad to achieve promotion and maintains that it’s all about adding quality now.
“If I don’t (sign anyone), as I have said many times, then so be it. I’ve got 23 players training today so there’s a big squad out there.”
“But if there’s someone out there who can improve us then we will do it. I’m not just going to bring people in because the transfer window is open. They have to be of a certain quality.”
The last three games have shown that Villa have a very good team, but the alarming defeat against Peterborough in the FA Cup suggests they need more depth.
There’s no doubt that Tuanzebe and Ulloa would be real quality additions and it does look as though those deals could progress towards the end of the window.
However, as Bruce says, there’s not much Villa can do now and it’s about waiting to see how things develop.
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