By Dominic Toner

Aston Villa are interested in Middlesbrough forward Jordan Rhodes, but will miss out on assistant Steve Agnew, according to a report.

The Sun claim that Villa want to complete a January loan deal for striker Rhodes as they try to improve their attacking form.

The report details that newly-appointed manager Steve Bruce is currently working on a deal for the 26-year-old, with Middlesbrough receiving a bonus if Villa are promoted.

It is reported that Villa are also keen on Middlesbrough assistant manager Agnew, who is currently working under Aitor Karanka.

The Sun claim that Agnew is happy at the Riverside and will not complete a reunion with Bruce, after the pair worked together at Hull, but are likely to be successful in their pursuit of out-of-favour Rhodes.

Bruce took charge of his first Villa game on Saturday in the Championship and earned a 1-1 home draw with Wolves.

Roberto Di Matteo was recently sacked by the Midlands club and they currently sit 20th in the table.

Villa have struggled scoring goals this season and that is a surprise after the spending in the transfer window, with forwards Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodjia joining for £27million.

Rhodes is one of the most prolific Championship scores in recent years, but is struggling to get into the Middlesbrough side.

The Englishman scored 86 goals in just 147 appearances for Huddersfield and netted 84 goals in 169 appearances at Blackburn.

Villa are currently nine points adrift of the play-off places and will need a drastic turn of results to challenge at the top-end of the table.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, a senior man has been confirmed as joining the club.