With just seven days until the January transfer window slams shut and an intense promotion battle set to ensue, Villans boss Steve Bruce has kept his cards close to his chest with regards to his squad and whether there will be any new signings brought in.
January is often seen as a panic window but the opportunity to strengthen rather than overhaul is a sensible option especially with the stakes raised as the possibility of a return to the promised land very much in the offing.
So far, the only action has been the departure of right-back Ritchie De Laet to Royal Antwerp on loan for the rest of season, but with the closure of the window looming, suddenly Villa are linked with a number of names.
But who are they and what could they bring to the side? We take a look and find out.
Axel Tuanzebe – Loan
Axel Tuanzebe is the latest hot shot to come out of the Manchester United academy and is being linked with a loan move to the Villans for the remainder of the season.
No doubt Bruce’s ties to the Red Devils will play a major role in the influence of this possible signing and at the age of 20, already, Tuanzebe is not quite a kid.
The 6ft 1in defender originally from the DR Congo has played a total of eight times for United but one may suggest that as he has already spent three years on the fringes of the first-team squad, he is unlikely to ever make the grade at Old Trafford.
Tuanzebe would make a perfect foil with the experienced John Terry and although he would need plenty of guidance, would add an element of speed and youth into our defensive line.
Enzo Crivelli – Permanent
If reports are to be believed, then Villa are set to go toe to toe with midlands rivals Wolves for the signature of Angers striker Enzo Crivelli.
The 22-year-old striker has been capped five times by the French under 21 side but has hardly been prolific in front of goal.
Seven strikes in 56 games for Bordeaux meant he was shipped on loan to Bastia where an improvement in performance saw the Frenchman knock 10 goals in 24 appearances before being sold to Angers in the summer for £3.5 million.
(Enzo Crivelli signed for Angers in the summer)
However, with bad boy Ross McCormack returning from Australia at the end of the month, one cannot help but think Bruce may be better off trying to build bridges with the stroppy Scotsman.
Marcus Maddison – Permanent
Steve Bruce is reportedly a big fan of Peterborough’s multi-positioned 24-year-old especially after impressing against the Villans in their 3-1 FA Cup victory at the beginning of January.
However, a move for the versatile winger, left-back, attacking midfielder seems highly unlikely as Villa attempt to comply with financial fair play regulation and Maddison would command a fee that is most likely more than Villa are prepared to pay right now.
This one may have to wait until the summer unless a loan deal can be agreed but we can hardly see Peterborough agreeing to that.