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2 Southampton stars Aston Villa must snap up in January to enhance their promotion credentials

Aston Villa and Southampton fans have been in contrasting moods in the Transfer Tavern this week, what with the Villans beating Sunderland 2-1 on Tuesday to move up to fourth place in the Championship, while the Saints suffered a fifth Premier League defeat of the campaign at Liverpool.

Steve Bruce’s Villa didn’t make the best of starts to the new second tier campaign but have been much-improved in recent times, so much so that they are now firmly in contention for a return to the Premier League. And they strengthened their position in the Championship’s top six with a 2-1 win over Sunderland on Tuesday, which was their ninth victory of the campaign and third in their last four matches. Yet things weren’t as good for Mauricio Pellegrino’s Saints, as his side were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday to suffer a fifth loss of the season, in turn slipping down to 14th place in the table.

Thus, there have been differing moods among both sets of supporters in the Tavern this week, with Villa fans keen to revel in their side’s recent run of good form, while our resident Southampton fans are firmly focused on their team’s crucial home clash with fellow strugglers Everton at St Mary’s on Sunday.

In the meantime though, both sets of fans have been discussing the business their respective teams may conduct in the New Year, with Villa clearly on the lookout for players that can help sustain their Championship promotion push, while Southampton know that more firepower is needed if they are to avoid getting sucked into a relegation battle.

And with several Saints players struggling for minutes on the pitch and possibly looking for a move away in January, here are TWO Southampton stars Villa must snap up to enhance their promotion credentials…

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