I've got to write this post although a day of speculation is the last thing I need. I'm not sure if we're going to get anyone else but I'd really like to think that midfielder we need is coming.

One bit of news however is that Barry Bannan looks set to join Crystal Palace and I've already written my 200 words for a Palace fanzine. I for one think he'll be a loss but I know I'm in the minority, so I'll leave it at that.

But there is more speculation. Apparently we're after a player from Lazio on loan. Not sure how true it is, but his name is Libor Kozak and he's a striker.

I'm also not so sure a new striker is what we need, but I don't suppose you can have too much of a good thing and you never know with all this speculation. It could be by the time I publish this post at 8am in the morning that he's signed and wearing the shirt.

I think the only thing for sure is that we know the players the manager would like to offload. Deep down I think the manager is also after that experience in the middle of the park, if only for a season or two, until the likes of Delph or someone else is ready.

Updates throughout the day

And with that, I'm going to set the publish time to 8am and as and when we have anything Aston Villa related, I'm hoping someone drops a link to it below.

Me, I'm going to be refreshing my Twitter feed and the NewsNow page every few minutes before likely going mad by 8.30am.