Dean Smith plays down Aston Villa ‘soft transfer embargo’ rumours

Dean Smith says Aston Villa should not be concerned following rumours that the club are operating under a ‘soft transfer embargo’.

It has been reported that several Sky Bet Championship clubs, including Villa and Derby, are facing English Football League investigations into their respective financial dealings.

Derby manager Frank Lampard dismissed talk of a soft transfer embargo on Wednesday and Villa boss Dean, when asked if his club should be concerned at the reports, said: “I don’t believe so.

“I’ve not seen any quotes attributed to the chairman, who is meant to have said it. It’s out of my remit. My chief executive tells me we’re fully compliant.”

Having won their last eight Championship games on the bounce, Villa find themselves fifth in the table with four games remaining, well in contention for play-off qualification and a shot at Premier League promotion.

Asked if it was difficult to plan for next season, not knowing if Villa will be playing Championship or Premier League football, Smith added: “Yes it is difficult, but it is difficult for probably 10 other teams in this division as well!

“We’ll look at the two possibilities and plan around that, which you have to do.”

Villa have no fewer than five players on loan after Tom Carroll was sent back to Swansea with a season-ending injury, and one player who has stood out in particular is Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings.

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