Aston Villa are in the hunt to sign Dinamo Dresden forward Haris Duljevic, according to a report.
The Mirror claims in its print edition [Tuesday 30 January, page 47] that the Villains have made a late check on Duljevic, 24, ahead of the 11pm transfer deadline on Wednesday night.
Duljevic has been ever-present for Dresden in 2.Bundesliga this season and has made 18 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal and supplying three assists in the process.
The wide-forward is also a fully fledged international for Bosnia and Herzegovina, with eight caps to his name.
Steve Bruce has only welcomed Axel Tuanzebe to his squad on loan from Manchester United this month and he has recently revealed that he has had his eye on two striker targets.
The Aston Villa manager also admitted that they are not close to signing anyone with the transfer window just over 24 hours away from slamming shut until the summer.
“We had two particular targets. One has come off, one has gone to Brighton,” he said, as quoted by the Express and Star.
“Ideally, everyone would probably like four (strikers). But unless there is a someone around who I think will be different to what we have got. At the moment we are not close to anything.”
Football Insider verdict
It does not appear that Villa are not close to signing anyone before Wednesday night’s deadline, and that will serve as a big blow to the club’s hopes of earning promotion from the Championship. The West Midlands side have shown a massive improvement under Bruce but their ability to sign players has been seriously impeded by years of over-spending under Randy Lerner’s ownership. Financial Fair Play has restricted activity so there may not be a big money move made, but Duljevic represents someone who may be available on the cheap. Dresden are not expected to get promoted this season so a move to England to potentially play in the Premier League next term may tempt the attacker.