Remi Garde is hoping that his Aston Villa side's next two performances will aid their hopes of strengthening their Premier League survival bid during the January transfer window, the Birmingham Mail reports.
Following the spirited draw with West Ham at home on Boxing Day, Aston Villa now face away games against two of their relegation rivals before the end of the week, with today's trip to Norwich being followed by Saturday's clash against Sunderland.
Despite the performance against the Hammers, Villa are still nine points adrift of safety, which makes the January window vitally important to their hopes of remaining in the top flight beyond this season. And Garde told the Birmingham Mail that their success in the transfer market may well depend on the outcome of their upcoming fixtures.
"A victory against West Ham would have helped me because we would have been more attractive to be fair." he said.
"But then, as I said, we have the next two games to prove that we are still alive and show that the project is still possible."
With Villa's situation looking bleak, it's crucial that they start closing the gap between themselves and the sides directly above them.
Having not won in 17 league games, it's certainly going to be a huge ask for the Midlands outfit to take maximum points from the clashes against the Canaries and Sam Allardyce's men.
But should they manage it, it will send a strong message to their potential targets that a move to Villa Park will not necessarily mean playing Championship football next season.