Remi Garde's side are currently bottom of the Premier League table.
Villa are currently bottom of the Premier League table, having failed to win a game since the opening day of the season.
They were busy in the summer, as former manager Tim Sherwood brought in a number of players following several big exits from the club.
Nearly all of those signings have proved to be poor ones, with many now expecting new boss Remi Garde to further strengthen in the January transfer window.
Jenas though, says that they must target a specific type of player and that it cannot be based on financial matters.
"Villa are a big club. A lot of top players would go there. Some players are wilting away, like Andros Townsend,” he told BBC Sport.
“At some point if you have aspirations for going to Euro 2016, you have to play, it doesn’t matter who for, so Roy Hodgson can remember him.”
“They need to stay in the league – you need to get players who are driven, who have a cause, something to play for. It can’t be a financial thing at all."
Despite what Jenas says, Remi Garde is likely to find it difficult to attract big stars to Villa Park in the transfer window.
With the situation they currently find themselves in, relegation is looking almost a certainty and performances have so far failed to suggest there will be a dramatic turn around at the club.
That is not likely to be an attractive proposition to players, meaning Garde may end up having to work with what has so far failed to make the grade this season.