Aston Villa v Middlesbrough - Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final:Second Leg
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MAY 15: Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa waves to the fans prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final second leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on May 15, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce expects to be busy during the remaining days of the summer transfer window.

The Villains have signed just one outfield player so far this offseason, John McGinn, who joined Scottish side Hibs.

Villa were close to completing the signing of Joe Bryan from Bristol City but the player opted to move to Premier League new boys Fulham despite having a medical with Aston Villa.

With the transfer window closed in England but players can still join clubs on loan, Bruce is hoping to improve his squad with the loan market.

“We’ll be busy, that’s for sure,” Bruce said after the win over Wigan, according to Birmingham Mail.

“It’s been a difficult summer for everybody and I’m not going to lie about that.”

“I’ve lost good people in lots of areas because we thought there would be cuts so to come out and get a decent start is great for the supporters.

“The new owners have breathed new life into everybody and taken away the doom and gloom and the Aston Villa supporters should have very exciting times ahead.

“It will take a bit of time. We can’t do it instantly with Financial Fair Play but I know they’re determined to make the club what it should be.

“I’ll give you an example, I’d have loved to have brought [John] McGinn six weeks ago but I couldn’t.

“They’ve managed to back me and we’ve bought a very good player.

“That wouldn’t have been possible four weeks ago. In fact Jack [Grealish] wouldn’t have been here, [Jonathan] Kodjia wouldn’t have been here and the same with [James] Chester.

“So now we can all breathe a big sigh of relief and get on with the main business, which is to play football.”