By Danny Wright

14th Dec, 2017 | 10:37am

Aston Villa in hunt for PL powerhouse, Steve Bruce in lengthy talks about January - report

Aston Villa are in the hunt for Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa, according to a report.

The Birmingham Mail claims that Steve Bruce is interested in signing a striker with Premier League experience in January and is taking a look at Ulloa, 31, who is currently struggling to get a game with Leicester.

It is understood that Bruce has been in lengthy talks with director of football Steve Round over potential January targets and has tasked the scouting team with finding cheaper players from abroad.

However it is understood that one of Villa’s targets is much closer to home in Ulloa.

The Argentine powerhouse, who is known for his commanding physical presence up front, has only made three appearances across all competitions this season, with just one minute worth of action to his name in the Premier League.

The report states that Burnley’s Nahki Wells is also on Aston Villa’s radar as January approaches.

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Football Insider verdict

Aston Villa could really do with extra options up front, especially with the fact that Jonathan Kodjia could be set to miss the rest of the season. Keinan Davis and Scott Hogan simply aren’t getting the goals when they start as lone strikers with most of the strikes coming from the midfield or wide players. Bruce clearly has noticed this is a major flaw in his squad and it is one that could scupper his side’s bid for promotion. Ulloa is a good player and still have a couple of years left in him. He is big, strong and has an eye for goal so could be a real asset to the Aston Villa attack if they can reach a deal with Leicester in January. Due to his position in their squad at the moment, it probably won’t cost much to sign him.

In other Aston Villa news, talks are underway for this Premier League forward with 11 goals this season on Villa’s radar as Wolves also join the race to sign him.

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