10 players who could leave Aston Villa in January including £20m signing - gallery

Looking ahead to the January transfer window at Aston Villa; the 10 players who could leave the club for moves elsewhere.

Aston Villa are 12th in the Premier League standings as the World Cup plays out in Qatar and they sit just three points outside the top seven, but the season is still seen as a bit of a disappointing one for many. Before new manager Unai Emery took charge, Villa were narrowly above the relegation zone and had just three wins in 13 matches, but there has been quite the resurgence.

Two successive league victories before club football was paused - against Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United - saw the Villans soar up the standings. Nonetheless, Emery’s side are still a little way off where they hoped to be at the start of the campaign, as plenty of supporters tipped them to challenge for European football.

In order to get closer to the club’s aims, Emery is likely to dip his toes into the transfer market this January, and he may also say farewell to a few players as he looks to implement his own playing style. Having taken over at Villa Park in early November, the Spaniard has now had just over a month to assess the current crop and he is likely getting closer to deciding which positions need improving.

It has been widely reported that Emery is keen to bring in a marquee signing to bolster the Villans’ forward line, but this most probably won’t be the only incoming. As is the nature of bringing in fresh faces, some individuals will have to depart to make way. With that in mind, here are the 10 players who are the likeliest to depart Villa in the January transfer window.

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