Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert will be pleased with how his side have faired in the Premier League so far this season.
Villa opened their account in style by claiming a scalp against current league leaders Arsenal on the opening day of the season. They followed that superb win with an impressive performance against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge before succumbing to Liverpool and Newcastle at Villa Park.
However, back-to-back wins against Norwich at Carrow Road and then Manchester City have seen Villa catapult into the top half of the table with just six games gone.
And Lambert isn't without hardship, either. The Villa boss has seen summer signing Jores Okore ruled out for the remainder of the season with a cruciate ligament injury, as well as a number of important team members—including the highly influential Christian Benteke—sidelined for lengthy periods.
The inexperienced side that saw Villa struggle at the foot of the table last year has, for the most part, gone. The Scotsman's players are now relatively accustomed to the Premier League and look to be going from strength to strength.
However, that doesn't mean that Lambert won't be looking to strengthen during the January transfer window. Further injuries are certain to crop up, and some players will undoubtedly not perform to the level that the manager would have wanted. He will therefore search for additions that are likely to improve the squad.
The following are players with whom the Birmingham-based club have been linked during recent weeks.
McGeady joined Spartak in a surprise move in 2009 for a hefty fee of £9.5 million and has since flourished in the country's capital city. The 27-year-old, who has 60 caps for the Republic of Ireland, is due to leave Spartak at the end of next summer and is reportedly seeking a move to England's top flight—but only if a serious offer comes in.
However, there could be a potential snag to the deal, with the three English sides—Everton, Fulham and Villa—not prepared to meet the Russian side's £6 million asking price, per Russian paper Izvestia (h/t Express). Instead, it is believed that none of the potential suitors are prepared to offer more than £3 million.
McGeady's agent, Jan Dreyer, has insisted that, while speculation surrounds his client, the player is fully committed to Spartak.
My client has a contract with Spartak, which he will see out like a true professional.
While he is totally focussed on Spartak, if he gets a really serious offer from England which is acceptable to the club we will consider it.
To talk about anything at this stage is premature.
The Icelandic striker has taken the Dutch Eredivisie by storm this season, notching 10 league goals in eight games to sit atop the goalscorers' table.
The 24-year-old has picked up where he left off from last term, where he scored 24 goals during his first year with the club. Unsurprisingly, the striker has since been linked with a number of clubs across Europe, with Villa reportedly interested, according to a number of British publications including The Express and the Metro.
Villa were reportedly looking at Finnbogason in the summer but after the move failed to materialise, Lambert secured the signings of Nicklas Helenius and Libor Kozak.
With a number of striking options at Lambert's disposal, the Iceland striker may prefer a move to Alan Pardew's Newcastle, who are also reportedly interested.
The Magpies' strike force are currently misfiring in the Premier League, and Finnbogason could just be the man to pull them away from the relegation zone.
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