Aston Villa's chances of signing Sam Johnstone surely over after Tony Xia's latest decision

Villa keeper Sam Johnstone in action  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St James' Park on February 20, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Aston Villa look to have missed out to West Bromwich Albion in the race to sign Sam Johnstone, and Tony Xia has hardly helped them.

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.

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has reportedly decided that he doesn’t want to sell the club to any American investors, according to the Daily Mirror, and that surely kills off any hope the claret and blues had of getting Sam Johnstone.

American investors had reportedly shown an interest in Villa, and a quick sale could have helped to solve the club’s financial problems, and put them back in the race for Johnstone.

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However, Xia is reportedly refusing to sell Villa to Americans, which means he is set to stay in charge for the time being.

Sam Johnstone of Aston Villa celebrates after his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final:First Leg match between Middlesbrough and Aston Villa at Riverside...

With Xia at the helm, Villa’s financial future looks bleak - with Steve Bruce’s side having little money to invest.

They are now powerless to resist, with West Bromwich Albion seemingly closing in on Johnstone.

If Villa had made progress in selling the club, they may have stood some chance of convincing Johnstone to wait around for them.

Sam Johnstone of Aston Villa celebrates during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Villa Park on March 10, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

But with their future so uncertain, it seems that Villa will be unable to rival their Midlands rivals in the race to sign the stopper.

Johnstone has spent the last two seasons on loan with Bruce’s side, and he has become a fans’ favourite at Villa Park.

But it appears that Villa will be watching Johnstone in a West Brom shirt next term, with the Baggies closing in on his signature according to the Daily Mirror.

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