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Aston Villa owner calls on fans to kidnap transfer targets

19:15 WAT 18/01/2017
Tony Xia, Aston Villa
Tony Xia has responded to a question from an impatient supporter, asking fans to assist with the signing of new players through very suspect means

Football fans can be very impatient when it comes to their teams signing new players. The belief is that one new star can totally change a team's fortunes, or help them achieve their goals.

When clubs are linked with players, fans often bombard their Twitter accounts with questions asking if or when the player will sign.

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That is exactly what happens Aston Villa owner Tony Xia, a colourful character who regularly engages with supporters online.

However, one of his latest responses maybe went a bit too far - asking fans to help the "club go to kidnap our targets to come earlier."

Since taking over the Championship club in June 2016, Xia has spent over £30 million bringing him new players, most notably forwards Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodija as the Birmingham club look to return to the top-flight.

However, no kidnapping was involved in his nine new signings to date.