By Russell Edge

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has admitted that he will look to sign Tottenham youngster Josh Onomah on a permanent deal after his loan spell with the club.

The young midfielder joined the midlands side on a year long temporary deal in the summer, as Mauricio Pochettino looks to give one of the club’s top prospects game time that he would not earn at Spurs.

The 20-year-old has not been a regular starter under Bruce, although has appeared in all but one of Villa’s 13 league games this season, and impressed in the club’s 2-1 victory over Fulham on Saturday.

Speaking after the game, Bruce was left singing the praises of the youngster, and admitted that he would be looking to tie him to a permanent deal, although admitted that could prove to be difficult financially.

The experienced manager told the Birmingham Mail: “Josh Onomah was terrific today.

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“We’ll try and break the bank for him!

“But we know Spurs have got a very good player there.”

The attacking midfielder has made 13 appearances for his loan side so far, while he has 32 outings for Spurs under his belt, and is contracted at the north London side until 2021.

Football Insider verdict

Steve Bruce’s comments may be somewhat tongue-in-cheek but it does raise the question of whether Onomah has a future at Tottenham, or whether they will allow him to depart. Pochettino has shown that he prefers to keep his top young talent at the club as opposed to sending them out on loan so that already puts a question mark over Onomah, acting as the exception. With the likes of fellow youth graduate Harry Winks, Mousa Dembele, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli amongst others all fighting for a position in Tottenham’s starting XI, Onomah has got a lot to prove and not a lot of time to do it. He needs to continue performing at Aston Villa, and if they secure promotion, then they will have the financial capabilities to meet Tottenham’s demands. 

In other Tottenham transfer news, Pochettino refused to sanction a move for this top talent.

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