John Hartson claims Aston Villa must avoid Leeds' mistake during transfer window

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John Hartson believes Aston Villa shouldn't splash the cash this month.

Pundit John Hartson has told BBC Sport's Match of the Day 2 Extra that he thinks Aston Villa should be realistic this month, and avoid paying major contracts during the tranfser window.

Villa currently sit rock bottom of the Premier League table, with just eight points to their name from 20 games, with many believing that Remi Garde's men are already doomed.

Having won just once this term, the January transfer window does provide some relief for Villa as they can seek to bring in some new signings, but they must be careful.

The Mirror reported earlier this week that Villa's scouts are primarily searching for experienced Championship players, as they prepare themselves for relegation.

However, speculation from the Daily Mail suggested that Villa were eyeing a big swoop for Lyon striker Claudio Beauvue, which certainly wouldn't come cheap.

Villa have been warned though, as pundit John Hartson has told BBC's Match of the Day 2 Extra that spending big money in this window would be 'ludicrous' considering the club's perilous position.

Hartson believes that Villa risk becoming like Leeds, who fell from the Premier League to League One between 2004 and 2007, unless they are realistic with their transfer activity this month.

"If Aston Villa are looking at signing players, the player has to be realistic," said Hartson. "They're staring the Championship in the face. And Villa also have to be realistic in terms of his contract, because there's no way they can sign a player, put him on Premier League wages, and put him on those wages for four years. They can't do that, that would just be ludicrous."

"That's why teams go out of the league. We've seen Leeds, we've seen Portsmouth doing things like that, and then sliding, sinking into the lower leagues. So, whoever Villa are wanting to sign, you're wanting the agent and the player to be realistic, which is not always easy when you're talking to agents," he added.

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