Aston Villa could turn their attention to Swansea City centre-forward Oli McBurnie, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims on its live transfer blog (11:41am, Wednesday) that the Midlands giants are currently trying to sign a striker before the window closes at 11pm.
It is understood that they want a new attacker and are yet to find a new target after missing out on Leonardo Ulloa as he joined Brighton from Leicester.
However, the report details that a last-ditch swoop could still be on the cards for Swansea ace McBurnie, especially if the Premier League side manage to bring in Andre Ayew from West Ham.
Villa’s search for a new striker has been widely reported during the January window and Steve Bruce’s side are running out of time.
McBurnie is a prolific goalscorer at Under-23s level and has also been included in the first team this campaign.
The 21-year-old has featured 11 times so far in the Premier League this season and is still waiting for his first goal.
Football Insider verdict
Villa could do with an extra forward option to boost their promotion bid and McBurnie is a strong target man that is good in the air. However, he still has very little experience at senior level and there is no guarantee he could make an impact with the Midlands club. Villa have left themselves with very little time to try bring in a new striker and may have to move for the Swansea youngster if he becomes available, depending on if they can sign Ayew first. Villa’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United on Tuesday night means they are just a point outside the automatic positions and adding a proven goalscorer late in the January window could help them get over the line for promotion.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, they are in the hunt to sign an international forward.