By Alex Taylor
Aston Villa are eyeing up a loan move for Manchester United defender Paddy McNair as a replacement for Newcastle-bound Ciaran Clark, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that the Midlands club are interested in the United centre-back as they seek to make an instant return to England’s top-tier next season.
Villa are on the hunt for defensive cover as Clark puts the finishing touches to his £5million move to Championship rivals Newcastle.
It is said that McNair has been told by United he will be sent out on loan in the upcoming season to give him regular first-team action.
The centre-half, 21, was in the Northern Ireland squad at Euro 2016 and has demonstrated his versatility by excelling in a defensive midfield role for his country, while he has also played at right-back and centre-back for his club.
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