Aston Villa must sell before they can buy again, admits Tim Sherwood

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The Villa boss is open to strengthening in all departments but stresses that he will have to raise further funds first.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has admitted that he would be keen to further strengthen his squad before the summer transfer window closes, but acknowledges that he will first need to sell some fringe players in order to generate the necessary funds.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash at Crystal Palace at his pre-match press conference, the Villa boss said: “If there’s any money and we can add anything that will make us better then we’ll be interested.

“I think first we’ll maybe need to generate some money but we’ve done well so far. The chairman’s backed us and given us an opportunity to build a squad for the future.”

Villa have so far forked out just over £50 million this summer on 10 signings following the recent arrival of Adama Traore from Barcelona, but the cash raised from the sales of Christian Benteke, Fabian Delph and, to a lesser extent, Andreas Weimann and Matthew Lowton means that the club are in fact among the lowest net spenders in the Premier League.

Nevertheless, with owner Randy Lerner still unable to find a potential buyer for the club, funds remain at a premium, meaning more first-teamers will need to be shipped out over the coming weeks should Sherwood have further transfer targets in mind.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Charles N’Zogbia, Kieran Richardson, Philippe Senderos and Aleksandar Tonev are the likeliest causalities but Sherwood has stressed that there is much more to it than simply picking who stays and who ultimately goes.

“I don’t think we can negotiate trying to get players out,” he continued. “It’s a case of anyone wanting them. They can knock on our door and we decide whether they’re the right ones to leave, so it’s out of our hands.

“The players know who they are and that’s the most important thing. It’s not hard [to tell them] because every spell comes to an end. Sometimes you’re time’s up and you need to find a new club and get the best out of your career.

“There’s no point sitting around and not playing.”

As far as potential targets go, recent reports have linked with club with a move for West Bromwich Albion centre-back Joleon Lescott [h/t The Sun], as well as Borussia Monchengladbach stopper Alvaro Dominguez [h/t Goal Deutschland].

A new striker is also believed to be on Sherwood’s wishlist after talks with Tottenham Hotspur’s Emmanuel Adebayor broke down earlier this month, with Swansea City misfit Michu the latest named to appear in rumours [h/t El Decano Deportivo].

The ex-Spurs head coach insists, though, that his main aim is acquiring the right talent rather than strengthening at specific positions, adding: “We’re looking to strengthen in any department. We're trying to get a better balance throughout the squad this season.

“It’s a team effort – it’s me plus the scouting network and the chairman. We're all deciding what is best for the future of the club and we’re working together to try and achieve that.

“If you look, I think the average age of our signings is probably 23. It's really building for the future of the club, but it's also very important to me that we're in this division.”

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