McLeish lines up signings
Alex McLeish has already lined up summer signings for Aston Villa, but will not look to cash in on Darren Bent or Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Last Updated: 03/03/12 12:00pm
Alex McLeish has confirmed he has already lined up summer signings for Aston Villa, but will not look to cash in on Darren Bent or Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Former Birmingham City manager McLeish is still trying to win over the Villa fans and is also working on a limited budget at the club.
McLeish is aware of the need to keep the wage bill sensible, but expects to have money to spend on new players in addition to identifying potential free transfers.
"We've already made plans to bring some players in," said McLeish. "We've looked at a lot of players that we have a good chance of bringing to the club, Bosman signings but of a good quality.
"There are targets as well that cost money. I am sure the chairman (Randy Lerner) would do massive wages again as long as it was kept inside the framework and parameters.
"I can assure the fans we will be in the market for players who cost money - but we only be targeting a couple of those types of players."
McLeish will look to offload some players and admitted: "I couldn't keep everybody and add to the squad. We'd have to trade carefully.
"Like I said in January, if somebody coveted one of our players and maybe I had to sacrifice to strengthen other positions, then that's something that could be the way ahead in terms of the plans."
But when asked if that meant either Bent or Agbonlahor, McLeish said: "No. There would be some players that we would obviously like to hold onto for the long run."