Aston Villa are reportedly set to sign Leander Dendoncker and Jan Bednarek from Wolves and Southampton respectively on transfer deadline day.
With speculation ongoing over potential exits, it appears as though Steven Gerrard will welcome two reinforcements to the club this week as he tries to bolster his options and strengthen his squad.
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, Villa have had a £13m bid accepted by Wolves for Dendoncker, with the 27-year-old set to undergo a medical before completing his switch on Thursday.
Further, Ornstein also reports that Villa have agreed to sign Bednarek from Southampton on a season-long loan deal with the 26-year-old defender also travelling to undergo a medical ahead of the deadline.
Given the long-term injury suffered by Diego Carlos coupled with the decision to loan Kortney Hause out, Villa needed depth and competition at centre-half to push Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa and Calum Chambers.
With that in mind, it’s hoped Bednarek proves to be a sensible addition, but time will tell if he can impress for us and just how much involvement he’ll have between now and the end of the season with Carlos hopefully returning before the campaign concludes. On the face of it though, it’s a potentially solid short-term solution.
As for Dendoncker, he’s arguably the right profile of midfielder that Villa need as we lack physicality and presence in there, but again, it remains to be seen if he has the desired impact for Gerrard and if he is even deployed in a system that allows him to perform at a high level.
With potential exits in midfield too, it’s not quite the ideal reshuffle if we lose some top players before the deadline too, but it was always important that we acted this week to bring in new faces and not be left short for the remainder of the season. Question marks will remain though over whether the squad has become stronger or weaker over the last few months given who we’ve already seen leave and who might yet follow.