Steven Gerrard gets thumbs up for first Aston Villa January signing after Liverpool blow

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Steven Gerrard has been given the green light by the Aston Villa hierarchy to target a midfielder in the January transfer window, according to reports. The new Villa boss recently lost Marvelous Nakamba to injury and will seek a replacement when the window opens on January 1. 

Nakamba was ruled out by Gerrard for up to four months after limping off against the boss’ former club Liverpool earlier this month.  

The Zimbabwe international had been a key player in the early weeks of Gerrard’s reign. 

The former England captain replaced Dean Smith in November and has already improved results.  

Villa have won four of Gerrard’s six games in charge, losing only to Liverpool and Manchester City. 

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There have been victories over Brighton, Crystal Palace, Leicester and former boss Smith’s Norwich. 

After a successful start, attention now turns to the January transfer window. Gerrard will be keen to improve his squad to build on the momentum.  

According to the Mirror, a midfielder could be signed to prevent Villa suffering from the impact of Nakamba’s loss.  

It seems that a transfer budget will be made available despite the Midlands club spending £100million in the summer. 

Villa sold club captain Jack Grealish to Man City and spent the income on Danny Ings, Emi Buendia and Leon Bailey.  

The club’s underperformance in the first half of the campaign led to Smith’s departure.  

Gerrard has confirmed that Villa are seeking to make improvements to his squad at the start of 2022.  

“In terms of the January window, there’s obviously conversations at Villa and there always will be behind the scenes identifying areas where we can improve,” the 41-year-old said.

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“If the right person or bodies are there for us to bring in then we’ll certainly look to try and do that but, obviously, there’s a lot of names being bandied about at the moment which we can’t control that are not true.” 

“We’ll also be respectful and support players if they’re not getting much game time and they need to go and play and challenge themselves in different way then we’ll try and be respectful to that as well.” 

He added: “What we won’t do is we won’t accept anything other than trying to improve, to grow. 

“It’s really early days but we’ve seen enough to take this club forward and finish the season in a positive position then obviously recruit and build and add to his and take this forward.

“There’s nothing wrong with trying to be as ambitious as you can and I’ll never stop doing that.”

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