A select round-up of the latest transfer news relating to Aston Villa…
Dr Tony Xia
Xia has revealed that Villa are close to signing a midfielder, and that the club hope to get the deal done before Saturday.
The Championship club have signed defender Tommy Elphick from Bournemouth, goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini from Hellas Verona, midfielder Aaron Tshibola from Reading and striker Ross McCormack from Fulham so far in the summer transfer window.
Aston Villa's Joe Bennett scores
Very exciting news for fans: very close to a deal with the mid! Hopefully b4 Saturday!— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 9, 2016
Wales' James Chester in action with Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas
Aston Villa defender Joe Bennett is reportedly on his way out of the club.
According to The Birmingham Mail, the 26-year-old left-back is close to joining Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday on a permanent contract.
Villa have been credited with an interest in West Bromwich Albion defender James Chester.
It has been reported that the Villa have contacted West Brom and have declared their interest in the Wales international.
General view of paper planes on the pitch thrown by Aston Villa fans in protest - Villa Park