Smith drops Villa hint, Tuanzebe promise, Hasenhuttl’s Ward-Prowse update

Aston Villa have been one of the busiest Premier League sides during this transfer window, brining in five new additions, and seeing five players exit the club.

The £100million sale of Jack Grealish allowed Villa to bring in Danny Ings, Emi Buendia, Leon Bailey, Axel Tuanzebe and Ashley Young, as the Midlands side set their sights on Europe.

Villa continue to be linked with more signings, as they look to fully bolster their squad for the season ahead, which starts this weekend away against newly-promoted Watford.

Here, Daily Star Sport rounds up all the latest transfer news surrounding Villa Park…

Dean Smith's transfer hint

Dean Smith believes that his side could be done in this year's summer transfer window.

With the new Premier League season almost upon us, the Villa boss believes that his side could have done all the business required and now will turn his attention to the squad that he has strengthened.

Villa replaced Jack Grealish with three players in Danny Ings, Emi Buendia and Leon Bailey, who join a talented squad that managed an 11th placed finish last season.

The Villa boss hinted that their business could be over, as he told broadcasters from Bodymoor Heath: "I think we’re in a good place, our business has been good, we’ve raised £100million for a young lad who came through the academy here."

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Tuanzebe promise

Axel Tuanzebe has joined Villa on a season-long loan for a second full campaign with Dean Smith, after originally joining in 2018 as he was part of the squad that helped the club achieve promotion from the Championship.

It is likely that Tuanzebe will be behind Ezri Konsa for a centre-back starting place, but the Villa boss has promised the 23-year-old game time.

Tuanzebe spoke to Villa TV and said: "we’ve got history, unfinished business. The manager reached out to me and he said there would be opportunities here to play."

The defender on loan from Manchester United can also cover at right-back or in defensive midfield, and is expected to be a useful part of Villa's squad for the season ahead.

Hasenhuttl's Ward-Prowse update

James Ward-Prowse appeared to be Villa's remaining no.1 target after already bringing in five new signings, but it appears that the deal may be dead, and their transfer window could be over.

Villa already had an initial bid rejected by Southampton, and were reportedly weighing up a second offer for the set-piece specialist, but after already raiding them to sign Danny Ings, a deal seems impossible.

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has addressed the transfer rumours linking James Ward-Prowse with Villa, by insisting that he does not see the midfielder leaving this summer.

Hasenhuttl rubbished reports, saying: "He has a four-year contract here. The squad you see now is the squad that will play this season."

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