Aston Villa sealed three transfer deals on deadline day, with Tyrone Mings, Tom Carroll and Frederic Guilbert all putting pen-to-paper.

Throughout the day, the club confirmed the deals on their official Twitter account, starting with Bournemouth left-back Mings.

As a result, during the January transfer window, Dean Smith and his team added five players to their Championship squad.

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Added with the deadline day trio, goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic [BBC Sport] and centre-back Kortney Hause [BBC Sport] were the other names to walk through the doors at B6.

At this moment in time, Villa are sitting outside of the playoff places after a number of inconsistent performances during the first half of the campaign.

Smith’s side will travel to Reading on Saturday afternoon following their nervous 2-1 win against Ipswich last time out.

There could be the possibility that a number of their new additions could feature, baring right-back Guilbert, who was loaned back to Ligue 1 outfit Caen [AVFC’s official website].

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From a defensive standpoint, Mings can operate at left-back and as a left-sided centre-back – two areas Villa have struggled in this season.

As for midfielder Carroll, he could be utilised as a number 6 or pushed in a more advanced position depending on Smith’s way of thinking.

Either way, the new signings will provide Villa with a much-needed freshness after a number of edgy performances in recent weeks.

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