Aston Villa transfer news: Xia speaks, Gil departs, striker hunt on

New owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference

We round up all the latest news about Aston Villa.

General view before the game - Villa Park

Xia on Villa’s need for a striker

New owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference

Aston Villa chairman Tony Xia has confirmed that he knows the club have a need for a new striker.

The Claret and Blues are one of the favourites to earn promotion from the Championship this term, but there is a realisation that areas of Roberto Di Matteo’s squad need to be upgraded.

Villa are desperate to add a new forward, and Xia insists that his side have a tactic to secure the right man…

… Is McCormack that target?

Ross McCormack celebrates after scoring the first goal for Fulham

According to the Daily Mail, Villa are ready to rival Norwich City in the race for Fulham striker Ross McCormack.

McCormack has not traveled on Fulham’s pre-season tour, and Villa reportedly feel that there is an opportunity that he could be convinced to join them.

The Scotland international scored 23 goals for Fulham last season in the Championship.

And finally…

Aston Villa's Carles Gil

Aston Villa have confirmed the departure of Carles Gil.

The midfielder has joined Deportivo La Coruna on a season-long loan, after failing to impress Di Matteo.

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