Four League One players Aston Villa must target for their rebuilding process - Including Coventry and Walsall stars

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Forget Ligue 1, it is time to raid League One.

In the summer Aston Villa decided to delve into the French transfer market, by bringing in the likes of Jordan Ayew, Jordan Amavi, Jordan Veretout and Idrissa Gana Gueye.

It would be fair to say that the plan has not worked.

Villa sit at the foot of the Premier League table, cut adrift on just eight points. Their relegation now looks certain.

With that in mind perhaps it is time for Villa to swap Ligue 1 for League One when it comes to their transfer policy in 2016.

Here are four realistic signings they could make from the third tier of English football to help them in a promotion chase next season.

Daniel Bentley - Southend United

A new goalie has to be at the forefront of their plans.

Brad Guzan has become an increasingly unreliable asset in the Villa first-team and they need a new custodian.

Bentley has been superb for The Shrimpers this term and last and is out of contract in the summer.

Rico Henry - Walsall

Amavi, who is out for the rest of the season with a serious knee injury, is unlikely to want to stick around in the eventuality that Villa are relegated.

A new left-back will therefore be needed and the England under-19 international is perfect.

A local lad with the ability to play in the Premier League one day - this one is a no brainer.

James Maddison - Coventry City

The playmaker bears a resemblance to current Villa talent Jack Grealish and together they could form a feared midfield showpiece in the second tier.

Just 19-years-old and a big talent for the future.

Romaine Sawyers - Walsall

Out of contract in the summer the former West Brom youngster is also a local lad who has developed a reputation as one of the third tier's most consistent performers in recent times.

At 24-years-old he might be the perfect blend of experience and vitality that Villa need next term.

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