Aston Villa transfer news: Owner offers update, midfielder exit on cards

New manager Roberto Di Matteo and new owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conference

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

New owner Dr Tony Xia during the press conferenceDr Tony Xia

Aston Villa owner Dr Tony Xia has claimed on social networking site Twitter that the club are trying hard to sign a midfielder.

Xia, though, has admitted that Villa will not be able to sign him before Saturday’s Championship match against Rotherham United at Villa Park.

Wales' James Chester in action with Belgium's Eden HazardWales' James Chester in action with Belgium's Eden Hazard

Villa have signed James Chester from West Bromwich Albion on a four-year contract, as announced on the Championship club’s official website.

The 27-year-old former Hull City central defender has become the fifth signing of the summer transfer window for the Villans.

The former Manchester United prospect follows Tommy Elphick, Pierluigi Gollini, Aaron Tshibola and Ross McCormack to Villa Park.

Aston Villa's Ashley Westwood scores their first goalAston Villa's Ashley Westwood scores

Villa are reportedly ready to part company with Ashley Westwood before the end of the summer transfer window.

It has been reported by The Mirror that the Villans are ready to sell the midfielder and sign Mile Jedinak from Crystal Palace.

Westwood, who is 26 years of age, has been at former Premier League club Villa since 2012.

Australia international midfielder Jedinak, 32, has been at London club Palace since 2011.

Australia's Mile Jedinak (R)Mile Jedinak (R)

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