Faulkner: January is tricky

Aston Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner admits it is difficult to bring in players during the January transfer window.

After announcing the arrival of Wigan Athletic striker Grant Holt on loan, Paul Lambert will be hoping to bolster his squad further with Villa having been linked with Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan.

However, Faulkner believes that most clubs are unwilling to sell during January, preferring to do their transfer business during the summer.

"I think the January transfer window, it's been said lots of times by lots of different people, is an opportunity to try to improve the squad," he told Free Radio.

"It's a tricky time to do that because it's mid-season and just as we wouldn't look to sell our best players right now, the same goes for pretty much every club.

"This time of year you're looking to bring in players who can make you better or fit a certain specific need that you might have. It's trying to see what can be done and what is available."

Faulkner insists they will continue to scour the market in the hope that one of their transfer targets becomes available, but still believes that pre-season is the best time to develop the side.

He said: "If we all look and think that there's something we can get done then great. When we plan for the season you obviously do the majority of your planning over the summer, which is why we were busy and brought in seven players.

"In the main, if you're trying to be stable and steady then it's a time to add to the squad around the edges rather than to do wholesale changes."