By Will Butcher
Aston Villa are looking to convince Premier League winner Jeffrey Schlupp that a move into the Championship could rejuvenate his career, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the versatile 23-year-old winger is also on the radar of Midlands rivals West Brom, and that £12million would be enough to convince Leicester to part company with Schlupp.
Born in Germany, Ghana international Schlupp has found it difficult to get regular game time this season as Riyad Mahrez, Marc Albrighton, Demarai Gray and Bartosz Kapustka all sit above him in the pecking order to play out wide.
Schlupp has made just four Premier League appearances this season after featuring 24 times as his team won the Premier League last season.
Villa boss Steve Bruce only has Albert Adomah as an out-and-out winger, with the likes of Jack Grealish, Ross McCormack and Jonathan Kodjia preferred in different positions.
Known for his blistering pace and skill, Schlupp picked up a Premier League winners medal last season although he made just 14 domestic starts for the Foxes.
However, just nine appearances in all competitions this season means he could look to leave the King Power stadium in January, with Villa ready to spend big.
Football Insider verdict:
Schlupp’s ability to beat a full-back and reach the byline has been missing from Villa’s attacking play this season, as they come up against sides that look to nullify their expensive strike force. Known to be able to play at full-back, in midfield or on the wing, Schlupp could offer Villa more than just his ability out wide. However, at £12million, other options are out there in the world of football and Villa would be wise to scout elsewhere before opting to purchase the Leicester’s number 15 at such a high price. There is no doubt, though, that Schlupp would be a success at Villa Park if chairman Tony Xia is willing to spend that sort of money, and Steve Bruce can convince him to drop down a division.
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