Aston Villa: The Bruce Way
Bruce: There Was No Hesitation
When I walked into Bodymoor Heath, I new it was going to be brilliant but just how wonderful the facilities are was just outstanding
Bruce said to the journalists. I mean I played for united and they have world class ones but Villa's come mighty close. There youth structure is amazing and there coaches are too. So when I had the tour I knew this was going to be the place for me to come and manage.
Steve Bruce was talking in his first press conference since taking over as the manager of Aston Villa. Bruce was asked several questions including one about signings and how much his budget was.
Elphick and McCormack in action at training
I am not going to lie in the fact that I have to sell to buy as the club have paid big money out for Ross (McCormack) and Tommy (Elphick) I will have to do some wheeling and dealing and will obviously dip into the loan market and I have already identified some targets.
Agbonlahor could leave after spending all career at Villa
It is understood that Villa are looking to offload Libor Kozak, Gabby Agbonlahor and Alan Hutton. Kozak has endured a bad time at Villa and it seems that his career just hasn't took off and with Bristol City understood to have bid for the striker, it would be one of the big earners off the payroll for Bruce.
Also apparently on the way out is Alan Hutton, the Scottish International is understood to have been told he has no room in the squad at Villa Park but the fact that he is on over £40,000 a week could well prove a stumbling block for any side looking to sign Hutton.
Gabby Agbonlahor is another also appearing on the way out of Villa Park and it would be a shame to see the striker leave but he has not been himself for around 5 season's now and with Steve Bruce liking high work rate player it seems that he could be on the move with West Brom and Stoke apparently interested.
On a positive front it is understood that Bruce wants to bring in a few freebies and loan signings. It is rumoured that Bruce has made Chelsea youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tyrone Mings as his main targets. Loftus-Cheek is a up and coming midfielder who works very hard and has been unfortunate not to get a look in at Chelsea but can Bruce convince Chelsea to allow Cheek to go to Villa for the season.
Loftus-Cheek on way to Villa Park?
Tyrone Mings is another player apparently on Bruce's radar. Mings, who moved to Bournemouth for £7.5m only played once last season and it is understood that Bruce likes the 23 year old and that he would add some steal to the Villans defence.
It is understood that Bruce is also considering bidding for Federico Marcheda, Bobby Zamora and Tony Hibbert are also wanted by Steve Bruce. Marcheda, ex Man Utd striker has played in the Championship for the last three season's and would add that extra dimension to the squad if Bruce was to get him. Bobby Zamora is another player on the Villa managers radar and has the experience to help Villa push for promotion.
Tony Hibbert, ex Everton defender could also be bought in by Bruce as he looks to improve the defence but all these rumours, we will just have to wait and see if Villa sign anyone.