Aston Villa have “every chance” of signing Lewis Grabban on a permanent deal in the summer, according to a report.
The Birmingham Mail claims that the Villains did not manage to negotiate an option-to-buy clause in Grabban’s loan deal from Bournemouth when he was snapped up in the January transfer window, but it seems likely that he may agree terms at Villa Park in the summer.
The 30-year-old centre-forward has been tearing up the Championship this season.
He spent the first half of the term on loan at Sunderland where he scored 12 goals in 19 league appearances before he was recalled by Bournemouth in January and sent to Aston Villa.
In the West Midlands, Grabban has netted four goals in seven league outings, including strikes against Chris Coleman’s Sunderland and Championship leaders Wolves.
It is understood that Wanderers were interested in signing the former Millwall and Norwich forward in January, but Villa beat them to the punch and now it seems that they want him for more than just the rest of this season.
Football Insider verdict
Grabban’s future at Villa Park should depend entirely on whether Aston Villa secure promotion this season. If Steve Bruce is unable to take the club back to the Premier League then it’s clear that Grabban would not be a good signing. He has made 24 appearances in England’s top-flight but scored just one goal. He is absolutely devastating in the Championship though and if the West Midlands giants miss out of promotion this term then they should definitely look to acquire him to mount a new bid to go up in 2018/19. Financial Fair Play has been an issue for Villa over the last year, so that is something to be wary of.
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