Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has said that the club’s January transfer window was “productive”, despite missing out on some of his primary targets.

Dean Smith has said to the Birmingham Mail that he believes Aston Villa’s January transfer window was productive for him and the club.

The early weeks of January were full of speculation for Aston Villa and loanee Tammy Abraham. After a highly impressive start to his Aston Villa career, rumours circulated linking him with a loan move to a Premier League side.

Wolves were heavily linked with a move for the Chelsea striker, with a fee of £18 million being quoted. However, Abraham opted to remain at Villa Park and is set on boosting Villa’s promotion hopes and is keen to win the golden boot for the 2018/19 Championship season.

Dean Smith was keen to bring in a physical central midfielder. The transfer saga surrounding Villa and West Brom target Isaac Hayden came to nothing, as did links to Celta Vigo’s Nemanja Radoja. Later on in the window, Swansea’s Leroy Fer and Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah were heavily linked but moves failed to materialise.

“We were looking at options but the options never came to fruition,” Smith said regarding missing out on transfer targets.

“There was nothing that disappointed us too much, though.

“We were pleased with the business on a whole, especially keeping hold of Tammy.”

Smith went on to say that despite missing out on some of his top targets, he is happy with the players he has brought in.

“We got Tommy Elphick, Andre Green and Jed Steer back from their loan spells and brought in Tyrone Mings, Kortney Hause, Lovre Kalinic and Tom Carroll, so it’s been a productive window,” he added.

“We are where we are now and we know what we have within the squad, so I’m looking forward to the last 16 games.”

 


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