Steven Gerrard hints at a ‘few’ summer transfers being close with ‘more competitive’ claim made

“There are a few pieces not too far away.”

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard hinted that he is already close to bringing some new names to Villa Park this summer with ‘a few pieces not too far away.’

A busy transfer window is not only wanted in the West Midlands but it’s expected and as of now, it appears likely that those expectations will be met.

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Aston Villa can finish between 9th and 14th this season. Based on last season’s Premier League payments, that would net them between £15,150,450 and £25,972,200 in merit payments.

Gerrard has already been asked no end of times about incomings and it was no different prior to the Burnley game. On this occasion, however, he dropped one of the more interest comments to date.

“In terms of being set in the final plan, the transfer window hasn’t opened yet,” explained the manager.

“We are still a way off where we want to be in terms of being set for next season.

“Things are moving at different speeds for different players so we are hoping to have some news as soon as we can.

“There are a few pieces not too far away. But in terms of being set as a whole it could go on and run through the window.”

“Of course, we want them in as early as possible,” he added.

“But the transfer window isn’t open yet so my hands are tied. I want them in yesterday. The quicker you get them in the quicker you can get them settled.

“In an ideal world you want all your business done for when you come back for the first day of pre-season but that is unrealistic because people go away and do different things. A transfer is a process. It is not just the case of making a bid and them saying yes or no.

“In my shoes you have to be patient but yeah, I’d love them in yesterday and in for a full pre-season.

“There is obviously a free market as well which can be a bit different. You can bring them in a bit quicker. We are working as hard as we can and I can assure our supporters next season we will be more competitive, for sure.”

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