Villa boss O'Neill assures fans over market work

Aston Villa boss Martin O'Neill has assured fans they're "in there" battling in the winter market.

O'Neill admits it won't be easy adding to his squad this month but remains steadfastly determined to do so.

"We are looking to improve our squad if we can this month, although it will not be easy," he told the Birmingham Mail.

John Carew, Ashley Young, Shaun Maloney and a loanee in Phil Bardsley joined this time last year.

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"That worked out well for us with the additions that we made but that was after severe hard work," O'Neill continued.

"Players people are mentioning I'm quite sure are in the thoughts of clubs of a similar ilk to ourselves.

"But it doesn't mean we won't be trying to do something."

O'Neill says he will not allow Villa's season to falter by not strengthening.

Villa have a squad of 23 players, including three goalkeepers and two players without any first-team experience.

O'Neill said: "We don't have the numbers that you would normally associate with a Premiership side.

"We have done really great so far, now you don't want the season just to level out.

"It's the time of year when we can strengthen and we're in there looking at players."

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