Tony Xia: Aston Villa will make a couple of January signings

Dr Tony Xia, Chairman of Aston Villa walks the pitch during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Birmingham City at Villa Park on April 23, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Steve Bruce will want to strengthen his Aston Villa side in January following a number of injuries.

Tony Xia, Owner of Aston Villa looks on ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Sunderland at Villa Park on November 21, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa owner Dr. Tony Xia has told the club's official website that he will look to secure a "couple of loan deals" as the club must remain wary of FIFA's Financial Fair Play rules.

Steve Bruce will be desperate to bring in new players in the upcoming January transfer window, as his lack of options up front has highlighted just how thin his side currently is.

Jonathan Kodjia, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Scott Hogan are all sidelined through injury, leaving teenager Keinan Davis as Bruce's only option in attack. Luckily for the promotion expert, Albert Adomah has been in sensational goalscoring form with five in his last three outings.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Cardiff City at Villa Park on November 26, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

Xia stated that the club want to bring in a couple of players on loan, but spoke of much more exciting plans ahead of the summer transfer window if the Midlands giants can get promoted as they currently sit in fourth.

"In terms of strengthening, everyone knows that for January we have the FFP to look at," Xia said. "But very possibly we will bring in a couple of loans to strengthen our squad. We want to keep getting better and better and help us end the season well.

“I hope in the next summer window, if we can go up, there will be a collection of more of my maths equations. Our ambition is that if we go up we won’t be satisfied to just stay there. We want to go back to being one of the elite clubs in the division.

“In order to achieve that, we will have to bring in some high-level players. I know this."

Manager of Aston Villa, Steve Bruce ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Aston Villa at Griffin Park on January 31, 2017 in Brentford, England.

Bruce and Xia combined to make just six summer signings in the previous transfer window, spending less than £3million. Three loans were brought to Villa Park in Sam Johnstone, Josh Onomah and Robert Snodgrass, while John Terry was signed on a free.

Glenn Whelan and Ahmed El Mohamady were the only players to require a transfer fee, with Xia looking to keep expenditure tight after a huge outpour of funds in the previous season.

It saw the likes of Kodjia, Hogan and Ross McCormack join for fees north of £10million. Now, Xia is keeping his wallet in his pocket, until Villa can gain promotion back to the Premier League, it seems.

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