Aston Villa transfer news: Owner comments on Ayew future, talks open regarding midfielder exit

New manager Roberto Di Matteo poses after the press conference

A select round-up of the latest transfer news relating to Aston Villa

Aston Villa's Jordan Ayew shoots at goalAston Villa's Jordan Ayew shoots at goal

Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Xia has claimed on social networking site Twitter that Jordan Ayew will not leave the club in the summer transfer window.

The 24-year-old forward has been linked with a move away from Villa this summer.

According to The Birmingham Mail, Premier League duo West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United are interested in securing the services of the Ghana international.

It has been reported that West Brom will miss out on the forward to London club West Ham.

Villa owner Xia, though, has insisted on Twitter that Ayew will not leave the Championship club this summer.

The Chinese businessman has also suggested that the Villans are looking to sign a midfielder and a striker this summer.

New owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference Dr Tony Xia

Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout in actionAston Villa's Jordan Veretout in action

French club Saint-Etienne have reportedly opened talks with Villa over the transfer of Jordan Veretout.

According to Foot Mercato, as cited by talkSPORT, Saint-Etienne are hoping to secure the services of the 23-year-old midfielder on a loan deal.

It has been reported that Villa are willing to let Veretout leave this summer, with Spanish club Real Betis also claimed to be interested in the Frenchman.

Meanwhile, Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has revealed that he still wants to sign more players in the summer transfer window.

“We are still in the transfer market and looking to add to the squad as well,” Di Matteo told Villa’s official website. “It’s difficult to say how different the team will look in a month. It depends on the amount of players coming in or going out. I think we have a good core now.”

New manager Roberto Di Matteo during the press conferenceRoberto Di Matteo

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