By Amir Mir

Aston Villa managerial target Steve Bruce has discussed the possibility of bringing Middlesbrough coach Steve Agnew to the club, according to a report.

The Times claim that former Birmingham City boss Bruce is inching closer to the job at Villa Park, with discussions held about who will potentially make up his backroom staff.

Boro assistant manager Agnew, 50, worked with Bruce at Hull during their promotion winning season of 2012-13, before a move back to Boro, where he achieved the same feat with Aitor Karanka’s men last term.

BBC Midlands reporter Pat Murphy stated on Saturday that Villa held three rounds of talks in three days with Bruce over the vacant managerial post.

The former Manchester United centre-back is the bookies’ favourite to take over from Roberto Di Matteo who was sacked after 124 days in charge.

Bruce left Hull during the summer, after helping them win promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs last season.

Caretaker boss Steve Clarke is currently in charge of first team duties at the Midlands club, as they gear up to face rivals Wolves on October 15.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club’s managerial candidate Steve Bruce has lined up three January transfers.