Dean Smith insists Aston Villa can splash the cash in January – and keep their star players.

The Villa boss shot down suggestions the club would have to scrap transfer plans to spend again next month due to Financial Fair Play.

Despite Villa spending in the region of £120m on new players in a summer signing spree, Smith said: “I’m not looking for any players to go at all and we are not under pressure – contrary to popular belief – that any players need to leave Villa.

“We are looking all the time. We have had regular meetings with Christian Purslow and Suso (Jesús Vicente Garcia Pitarch Marco), the sporting director.

“We have two wealthy owners who want to move this club forward.

“To do that you keep your best players and add better players to the squad.

Villa boss Dean Smith denied suggestions the club are under pressure to sell their best players, including captain Jack Grealish

“We have a healthy list of players who are possibilities.”

Smith also insists talk of a £60m buyout clause on skipper Jack Grealish are not true.

But Jonathan Kodjia could be on his way out next month, despite the striker scoring twice in the 5-0 Carabo Cup win over a youthful Liverpool side in midweek.

He said “We have not got any clauses in any contracts that allow people to buy players for a certain amount of money.

Dean Smith insisted that Grealish does not have a £60million release clause

“There may be outgoings.”

Fellow strugglers Southampton visit Villa Park today and Norwich are the visitors on Boxing Day before Smith’s men travel to rock-bottom Watford .

“Now we’re playing sides around us and I said to the players, Villa Park’s massive for us – the results we get there, the performances,” said Smith.

“Our support has been fantastic. With the exception of Leicester City, no-one has had an easy ride at Villa Park and I can see that continuing.

Jonathan Kodjia is among the players who could leave Villa Park in January

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“To come out of that Sheffield United game knowing you’ve got Liverpool, Southampton and Norwich all at home, it gives everyone that confidence if we win today the world looks a different place.

“It’s down to us to perform and our supporters have been our 12th man.”

Smith is still blaming himself for last week’s 2-0 defeat at Sheffield United when Villa failed to trouble the Blades enough and Grealish missed a late penalty.

“I should have asked them to go toe-to-toe with them in the second half of the game - and we didn’t,” he added.