By Will Butcher

Steve Bruce has declared that there are too many strikers in his Aston Villa squad, as the January transfer market looms.

The former Birmingham boss is set to enter his first window as manager, after taking over from Roberto Di Matteo back in October.

Bruce, 55, hinted at reducing the number of strikers at Villa Park, while revealing that he is in the position to enter the window for signings if he needs to.

“I think we are a little bit unbalanced,” Bruce said on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Monday Night Club, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail. “We have got six or seven strikers but are only playing with one, so I think we are unbalanced in that regard.

“January is always a difficult time to buy but if there is a someone out there who could make a difference to us, then of course I’m in a position where I can act.”

Jordan Ayew, Jonathan Kodjia and the resurgent Gabby Agbonlahor are all considered first choice at Villa Park, while Rudy Gestede regularly features from the substitute’s bench.

Target man Libor Kozak has featured just twice for the Midlands giants this term, but has not appeared in claret and blue since August.

Summer signing Ross McCormack has struggled to adapt to life at Villa following his £12million move from Fulham, while Rushian Hepburn-Murphy has been reportedly interesting Scottish giants Rangers.

Villa will look to stretch their unbeaten run to eight games on Saturday, as they travel to Elland Road to face playoff candidates Leeds United in Saturday’s tea-time kick-off.

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