Homeward bound: Klopp returns to his former club on Thursday

By Dominic Toner

Aston Villa will try to persuade David Wagner to become their new manager, according to a report.

The Guardian claim that Huddersfield boss Wagner is top of the Midlands club’s shortlist to replace Roberto Di Matteo.

The report details that Steve Bruce will be the alternative option for their vacant managerial position if they fail tempt their ideal candidate from league leaders Huddersfield.

Villa announced on their official website on Monday that Di Matteo had been sacked after 123 days in charge.

The Italian boss was relieved from his duties at Villa Park after just one win from 12 matches in charge of the club in all competitions.

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Wagner, 44, has turned Huddersfield into shock promotion challengers this campaign and his team have picked up 25 points from their first 11 games.

By contrast, Villa currently sit 19th in the table and have complete just one victory in the league this season.

Wagner previously worked under Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and has created a winning mentality at unlikely frontrunners Huddersfield.

It is understood that he is the preferred option to take charge at Villa Park but he may be unwilling to leave his current club.

Villa are currently enduring their first taste of the Championship and were hopeful of sealing an automatic return to the Premier League.

They are already 10 points adrift of the play-off places and their owners have acted quickly to solve their current issues.

In other Aston Villa news, the club’s fans have reacted on Twitter to speculation that Sam Allardyce will be their next manager.