Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has admitted to talkSPORT the club are ‘exploring’ a potential deal for Robert Snodgrass and are also interested in signing Arsenal outcast Jack Wilshere.
The Villans boss is confident he has a squad capable of challenging for promotion after finally finding their feet in the new season.
Villa suffered a poor start to the campaign – losing two of their first three Championship games – but bounced back by beating Norwich 4-2 in the league and then Wigan 4-1 to progress in the EFL Cup.
But Bruce is still keen to strengthen his side further before the window shuts.
The club are rumoured to be chasing a season-loan move for West Ham winger Snodgrass – who has not settled in London since his £10million move from Hull City – while Villa are also one of the many sides linked with a move for Wilshere, who is also out of the first team picture at Arsenal.
And, when quizzed by Alan Brazil and Sam Allardyce on Thursday’s Sports Breakfast show, Bruce admitted interest in the Premier League men, but admitted they may not have the financial power to secure both.
“Snoddy is somebody I’ve known for a long time – I bought him for Hull – so that’s something we’re looking into and exploring,” he told talkSPORT.
“The Jack Wilshere one – hey, who wouldn’t want Jack Wilshere? But I don’t know whether we’re capable of landing him and let’s not forget he’s only 25.
“People have said that I’ve got millions and million to spend, where it’s been the complete opposite. With financial fair play, unfortunately we haven’t got millions and millions to spend so I’ve got to be a little bit prudent, see what we can do and try and balance the books.
“In that respect it’s been a very difficult summer, but an enjoyable one.
“I think the vast majority of supporters understand that. If they think I’m going to breeze in just before last Christmas and turn it around within six months, that ain’t gonna happen.
“But thankfully we’re starting to have the makings of a very decent squad, so I’m very confident of where we sit at the minute and very confident we’ll make a fist of it.”
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