Aston Villa will back Steve Bruce in the transfer market, says Keith Wyness

Bruce and Villa CEO Keith Wyness are planning to bring the good times back to Villa Park
Image: Aston Villa CEO Keith Wyness says the club will back Steve Bruce in the transfer market

Aston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness says the club will back Steve Bruce in the transfer market, despite spending £50m in the summer.

The former Birmingham and Hull boss has signed a rolling contract at the club after Roberto Di Matteo was sacked with Villa 19th in the Sky Bet Championship.

In the summer the club spent £12m on Ross McCormack and signed Jonathan Kodjia from Bristol City in a deal which will eventually rise to £15m, but Wyness promised they would spend more in January if they need to.

Aston Villa's Ross McCormack celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match against Nottingham Forest at Villa Park
Image: Aston Villa signed Ross McCormack in the summer

"We are always open to looking at tweaking the squad," he said. "Steve has already said himself this is probably the best squad he has ever taken over.

"There's nothing massively wrong with the squad but would we spend again in January? Absolutely.

"It's all about staying up in the Premier League but every season in the Championship, promotion is the target. Hopefully it will be just for this season.

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"It's going to be difficult but there's still a long way to go. Until it's mathematically impossible we will look to finish in the top two."

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Villa have won just four of their last 51 league games after dropping out of the Premier League last season and winning just one of their opening 11 league matches this term.

But Wyness said making an instant return to the top flight was their main aim, despite being 15 points behind early leaders Huddersfield.

Jonathan Kodja of Villa in action with Damien Perquis of Notts Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match
Image: Villa also signed Jonathan Kodjia from Bristol City

"It's absolutely the priority, it's the priority every season we're in the Championship. Hopefully just this one but it's very much the priority," he said.

Aston Villa host Wolves in Bruce's first game in charge on Saturday and he has already dismissed fears over his Birmingham links, having played for and managed Villa's city rivals, and insisted his new club was a massive draw.

"I'm very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to manage a club of this stature and size," he said.

Steve Bruce says Aston Villa is one of the 'big clubs in our country'
Image: Bruce says Aston Villa is one of the 'big clubs in our country'

"Yes, it's not had the best of times and I suppose a bit like Rafa [Benitez] at Newcastle, he's excited at the challenge of turning the club around and trying to get back on track.

"If it does get back, with the owner's plans, I hope I'm around long enough to be involved."

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