Martin O'Neill guided Aston Villa to sixth last term, ahead of Liverpool and just three-points adrift of Man City. But for many fans, it still wasn't enough.
Villa have invested heavily over the past few years, and have been getting closer, but if they want to crack the top-four they'll need to spend big again this summer. Whether owner Randy Lerner will support such a recruitment drive is unclear.
Here, we take a look at the major transfer rumours circulating in the press and on the web and consider who could be turning out at Villa Park for the new season.