Smith has been forced to make all three moves following injuries to John McGinn, Tom Heaton and Wesley which have threatened to be Villa’s undoing.

Next up for Villa is Saturday’s trip to the Amex Stadium to take on Graham Potter’s Brighton, who sit 14th, but just three points better off than Smith’s men.

Villa came out on top when the teams met at Villa Park in December, with Jack Grealish and Matt Targett on the scoresheet as they took all three points late on.

Ahead of the game, Villa will be pressing on to seal more January deals, with Galatasaray loanee Steven Nzonzi eyeing a potential switch after a fallout in Istanbul.

Hull’s Jarrod Bowen had been seen as another possible option to bolster Villa’s frontline, but his £20m price tag may be too high.



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