Garde: Villa not down yet and can still attract players

Date published: Thursday 24th December 2015 8:07

Remi Garde: Aston Villa boss wants to strengthen in January

Remi Garde is confident he can convince players to join Aston Villa in January and is hopeful their situation in the Premier League may have improved by then.

Villa are 10 points from safety appear to be staring at relegation ahead of Boxing Day’s visit of West Ham, but Garde hopes his side can build on a 1-1 draw at Newcastle United as they look to give themselves a fighting chance of survival.

Garde wants to bring in new faces in January and has confirmed his interest in Leicester’s Gokhan Inler and Bordeaux winger Wahbi Khazri as he looks for  players who need games ahead of Euro 2016.

Garde said: “Even at the bottom of the table Aston Villa is still attractive for some players. They know we are not relegated yet and hopefully before the opening of the transfer window our situation will be a little bit better. Many players are interested in coming to England and joining Villa.

“It depends on the mentality of the player. As you can imagine some loans would be very helpful for the club but also for the player.

“For example if some players want to play in the Euros at the end of the season but are maybe not getting enough games at their clubs, maybe it’s a good deal for both.”

No team in Premier League history have survived while on seven points at this stage of the season, and Garde, who replaced Tim Sherwood in November, admitted his transfer plan includes thinking about the Championship.

He said: “Yes, you’re right. We have to be prepared for each situation. The club is prepared. It’s not to say we’re only looking at the months ahead, we have to look further than that. There are some players who could be interested in both situations.”

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