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Aston Villa manager David O'Leary has been given the green light by chairman Doug Ellis to embark on a summer spending spree - believed to be in the region of 20million.
O'Leary had thought he would only have around 4million to bolster his squad and admitted to have been looking to bring in free transfer signings. But now he has been told by Ellis that he will have "substantial" funds and is looking to bring in four players in time for the 2005-2006 campaign.
David O'Leary is hoping to sign five players in the summer after clarifying his transfer budget with Aston Villa chairman Doug Ellis. The Villa boss had previously revealed that he would be handed substantial funds to bolster his meagre squad in the summer, sparking rumours of a 20 million purse, although Ellis had not set down a concrete figure. Although O'Leary conceded that the real figure now revealed by the notoriously miserly Ellis is not quite up to the figures bandied about, he declared his delight at being able to bring in quality players to aid Villa's drive for Europe next term.