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Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard admits he could extend player transfers if he is not vaccinated against coronavirus

STEVEN GERRARD will think twice about signing an unvaccinated player.

Two Aston Villa players have tested positive for coronavirus ahead of Tuesday’s game at Norwich.

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard admits he could pull the plug on signings if they are not vaccinated against Covid

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Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard admits he could pull the plug on signings if they are not vaccinated against CovidCredit: AFP

Villans boss Gerrard says most of his squad are deluded – and revealed vaccinations will be discussed with any transfer targets next month.

“We’re very thorough and detailed about our recruitment process and we look at everything, so I’m sure it will come out,” Gerrard insisted.

“It definitely goes into the conversations in the background. We will examine it with a wide tooth comb.

“I think there are conversations going on in the context between the Premier League and the clubs.

“Things could change in terms of being able to test more in the near future due to an increase in cases of new variants moving around.

“Everybody has to be ready, because this Covid situation looks like it is going downhill rather than going in a positive direction.

“People have been reminded of the protocols and guidelines in place. It is clear that we want to protect ourselves, our families and the wider public by following the guidelines.”

Pep Guardiola urged his Manchester City players to take additional shots and told them to be careful amid the spike in cases.

An additional 54,661 positives were announced on Monday, with the new Omicron variant accounting for 20% of them.

When asked about the players receiving energy pills, Guardiola said: “Of course, the doctors suggested they have to do it.

“We talk to the players every day to say be careful, stay healthy, wear masks, keep social distance.

“It’s Christmas, the trend is to party and hang out – but the virus is still here.

“The virus doesn’t allow you to get much but the cases increase day by day, so be careful.”

But Sean Dyche insists he will not put his Burnley players under any pressure to get them vaccinated.

Turf Moor’s boss reveals he’s being attacked by three people – and wants his Clarets to follow suit.

Villa are looking to bounce back with a win over Norwich after Saturday's loss to Liverpool

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Villa are looking to bounce back with a win over Norwich after Saturday’s loss to LiverpoolCredit: EPA

However, Dyche will not lecture on his team, as he says: “Of course, we have tried to talk to all of our players, with a scientific point of view.

“Our vaccination rate is quite high, although there are still a few who have not been vaccinated or have not had all three shots.

“We advise that everyone has the right to choose, everyone has the freedom to choose. Personally, I already have all three spears, but I won’t start preaching to others.

“They will have their own opinion about what is right or wrong and we cannot force people to do these things, we can only suggest.

“Inside football, we try to do what we can and work by the rules and principles to make sure the games go.”

Brighton is the latest Premier League club to experience a Covid-19 outbreak after “three or four” tested positive.

The Seagulls’ home game against Wolves tomorrow is scheduled to take place, after their last game was postponed when eight Tottenham players tested positive last week.

But Albion boss Graham Potter commented: “Antonio Conte has made a good point that you will test one day and the next day could be positive.

“So it’s about making sure the boys aren’t going on the field with Covid you don’t know about it.”

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