October 29, 2010 | In: Articles

Houllier wants new faces

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has confirmed he would like fresh faces at Villa Park come the New Year.

The former Liverpool boss was named the club’s successor to Martin O’Neill in September after the summer transfer window had closed.

Houllier has therefore been unable to bring in any of his own players to the club, although results during his early tenure have been promising.

The 63-year-old is against spending in January, but will be happy splashing the cash providing a player of the right quality is available.

Although the Midlands outfit are believed to be in the market for a new striker Houllier is not ruling out strengthening elsewhere.

“I don’t like January because January is not a good period,” said Houllier. “But you need to be blind not to see that there are some areas where we are not blessed with numbers.

“If we spot a really good player with internationally-proven experience who can bring something to the team, particularly in some areas, we will take him.

“We need to bring some players in. That’s it. I think we will have one or two coming in January. Will it be up front? Not necessarily.”

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