Hello and welcome to the BirminghamLive’s Thursday’s live blog for all your very latest Aston Villa news, rumours and transfer gossip.
We will provide breaking stories, reaction and comment to all the big talking points from Villa Park as well as keeping tabs on transfer market gossip from around the world.
Dean Smith’s side are looking to improve a squad that finished last season in 11th place and have already completed their first summer signing – with Emi Buendia completing a club record move from Norwich City.
The winger, who was named the Championship player of the season, put pen to paper on a five-year deal.
More signings are expected with the likes of Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse, former Villa full-back Ashley Young, available on a free transfer after leaving Inter and Arsenal playmaker Emile Smith Rowe among the players linked.
Meanwhile, the Premier League fixtures for the 2021/22 season were released yesterday with Villa kicking off the campaign away at newly-promoted Watford.
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