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2nd Jan, 2017 | 9:09pm

Aston Villa fans urge Bruce to sign up striker after report deal is close

By Amir Mir

Aston Villa fans on Twitter have urged Rushian Hepburn-Murphy to sign a new contract with the club.

The Birmingham Mail have claimed that the striker, 18, is set to sign a new three-year contract to allay fears that he could quit when his current agreement expires at the end of the season.

Supporters on social media were hoping manager Steve Bruce snaps up the youngster for the long-term which would allow him to push for first-team football.

Hepburn-Murphy came on as a late substitute for Villa during their 1-0 loss to Cardiff on Monday afternoon.

Fans urged the highly-rated youngster to sign on the dotted line as they feel he is a massive part of the club’s future.

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At this moment in time, Villa have Ross McCormack, Gabby Agbonlahor, Jonathan Kodjia and Jordan Ayew as attacking options.

The other, target- man Rudy Gestede is reportedly set to sign for Premier League outfit Middlesbrough.

This would leave Bruce with only two senior options up front for January, with Kodjia and Ayew departing for the African Cup of Nations which starts on January 14.

Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

Hepburn-Murphy has played two Championship games this season, the first against Newcastle under the management of Roberto Di Matteo.

In other Aston Villa news, this senior figure is a hindrance following the defeat to Cardiff.