By Harvey Byrne

Aston Villa are “on the trail” of Crystal Palace midfielder Jordon Mutch, according to a report.

Scottish news outlet the Daily Record have claimed that the Midlands outfit have got the 24-year-old in their targets alongside Scotland giants Celtic.

The report states that the Hoops could purchase Mutch for £2.5million and that he will be allowed to leave Selhurst Park as soon as January, if Palace can agree a deal.

It is reported that Alan Pardew plans to let Mutch quit his £35,000-a-week Palace deal with the experienced manager looking to make funds available for his winter dealings.

The midfielder has made just three appearances for the south London side in all competitions this season and he has only seen eight minutes of Premier League football.

However, with 75 Premier League appearances and 83 Championship encounters during his career he will bring a wealth of experience to a potential new club.

Villa manager Steve Bruce will also have a small knowledge of Mutch as the two were at Birmingham together in 2007 after the midfielder joined the youth academy.

Bruce will be keen to add players to his squad in January who he believes can help the Midlands outfit in their quest for Championship promotion.

Football Insider verdict:

Villa made a number of short-term signings in the summer of players who are at the top of the Championship, but ultimately not good enough for the Premier League. Now Mutch still has some time to grow and will also bring some experience to the Villa midfield, but there are doubts whether he is better than Ashley Westwood, who is not one of the fans’ favourites. Although one positive will be that he has played with midfield anchorman Mile Jedinak at Crystal Palace and they should be able to link-up together fairly quickly having learnt each other’s playing styles in London.

In other Aston Villa news, Villa are one of three clubs leading the race for this midfielder.