Five players Aston Villa should target at the World Cup; including Chelsea youngster

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa looks dejected during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final between Aston Villa and  Fulham at Wembley Stadium on May 26, 2018 in London, England.

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has a lot of work to do during the transfer window this summer.

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on April 17, 2017 in London, England.

Aston Villa's failure to win promotion back to the Premier League will drastically affect their summer transfer business, and Steve Bruce will have to adjust his player recruitment strategy accordingly.

There will still be plenty of top quality players out there who would be interested in joining a club the size of Villa, however, and some of them will be on display at the World Cup this summer.

Here are five potential targets playing at FIFA's showcase tournament this summer who should be considered by Bruce...

Brad Jones, Australia - GK:

Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones throws the ball during the Australian Socceroos Training Session at the Gloria Football Club on May 24, 2018 in Antalya, Turkey.

The experienced stopper is currently plying his trade in Holland with Feyenoord, and he has just one year remaining on his current deal with the Eredivisie club.

It is unclear whether Sam Johnstone will remain at Villa Park for next season, but even if he does stay, more competition in the goalkeeping department is undoubtedly needed at Villa Park, and Jones could be just the man for the job.

He is experienced in playing in England, having spent time with Middlesbrough and Liverpool, amongst others.

Despite his age, the Australia international still possesses plenty of ability, and would be a sound addition to the Villa squad this summer.

Value according to Transfer Markt: £1.35m.

Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Iceland - RB, CB:

Birkir Saevarsson of Iceland looks dejected during the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between France and Iceland at Stade de France on July 3, 2016 in Paris, France.

The Iceland international is incredibly experienced, having earned 78 caps for his country, and that combined with his versatility makes him the ideal addition for Villa this summer.

The 33-year-old currently plays for Valur Reykjavík, and is valued at just £400,000, according to Transfer Markt.

With John Terry and Chris Samba both well past their prime physically, more cover in defence will be required, and Saevarsson could be just what Bruce needs this summer.

Mario Pasalic, Croatia - CM:

Mario Pasalic of FC Spartak Moscow vies for the ball with Abdul Aziz Tetteh of FC Dinamo Moscow during the Russian Premier League match between FC Spartak Moscow and FC Dinamo Moscow at...

The Chelsea-owned 23-year-old spent last season on loan with Spartak Moscow, and really impressed.

He is under contract with the Blues until the summer of 2021, but a potential loan move to Villa could be the ideal situation for all parties involved.

The Croatian is a classy operator, and would bring a much needed touch of class to Villa's engine room.

Ola Toivonen, Sweden - striker:

Ola Toivonen of Sweden celebrates after scoring to 1-1 during the International Friendly match between Sweden and Chile at Friends arena on March 24, 2018 in Solna, Sweden.

The 31-year-old Toulouse hitman is incredibly experienced, having earned 56 international caps for Sweden.

He has scored 122 goals in 387 career appearances in all competitions.

Standing at 6ft 3in tall, Toivonen could act as a fantastic focal point for Villa's attacking play, and would offer Bruce an entirely different option in the final third.

Yussuf Poulsen, Denmark - striker:

Yussuf Yurary Poulsen of Denmark has a shot saved by Jaime Penedo of Panama during the International Friendly match between Denmark and Panama at Brondby Stadion on March 22, 2018 in...

The Dane currently plies his trade in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig, and his ability to play anywhere along the front-line could be crucial to Villa next season.

Poulsen is pacey, and possesses impressive technical ability.

At the age of 23, he would be the most pricey out of all the potential targets listed, but a move to England could tempt the Denmark international.

Whether he will be interested in playing Championship football for at least one season, though, remains to be seen.

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