In the January transfer window, Aston Villa are looking for three more players to join Philippe Coutinho.
ASTON VILLA has agreed to a loan deal with Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho.
Philippe Coutinho is on his way to Aston Villa on a season-long loan, but Steven Gerrard is said to want three more signings before the end of the January transfer window.
In his press conference on Thursday, Gerrard made no secret of his admiration for Coutinho.
He said, “I have nothing but good things to say about the player.”
“Because he’s a friend of mine, I can talk for as long as you want if I’m asked the questions.”
Although Gerrard did not say whether Villa were interested in signing Coutinho, an agreement is expected to be announced soon.
Villa manager Steve Bruce will be hoping that Coutinho can come in and add some creative flair to his attacking options.
However, Coutinho’s arrival is unlikely to be Villa’s only transfer this month.
They have plenty of options up front, but Gerrard appears to be looking to strengthen his defensive options.
Gerrard is reportedly interested in signing a full back and a central defender, according to Birmingham Live.
Aaron Hickey and Nicolas Tagliafico are said to be the top targets at fullback, with the former receiving more attention.
The 19-year-old has made an impression in Serie A with Bologna and is said to be the “favourite” to join Villa this month.
Villa, on the other hand, will have to pay £15 million to sign Hickey from the Serie A side this month.
They’ve also been linked with a move for Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, though a deal is unlikely due to Jurgen Klopp’s unwillingness to sell the 24-year-old.
With Villa manager Steve Bruce keen to find a replacement for Axel Tuanzebe, Gerrard may have to look elsewhere for centre-back options.
Villa are also said to be interested in bringing in a defensive midfielder, with Marvelous Nakamba set to miss the rest of the season.
Aaron Ramsey has been mentioned as a possible transfer target, with Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri revealing that the midfielder will leave this month.
“Ramsey, he returned today after we had given him a few days off to work and train separately in England,” Allegri said.
In any case, he’s a gregarious individual.”
After falling down the pecking order, the 31-year-old has only started one game for Juventus this season.
But he’s also had injury issues, which Villa will have to deal with.
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