By Harvey Byrne

English Championship rivals Sunderland are chasing a late loan deal for Aston Villa centre-back Tommy Elphick, according to a reliable journalist.

David Coverdale, who covers north east football for the Sun has claimed via his personal Twitter account on Wednesday evening that the Black Cats are looking to take the 29-year-old on a temporary transfer in a late move.

Elphick only joined Aston Villa last summer in a deal from Bournemouth and was appointed the club’s captain after a single month at the club.

However, it has since been a downward spiral for the defender and after a number of poor showings he was axed as captain and reduced to just one start in Villa’s last 14 league matches in the last campaign.

This season hasn’t been any better for the defender and after the signings of John Terry and Chris Samba, Elphick has been left out of all but one of Steve Bruce’s side’s first seven matches in all competitions.

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He has just two years remaining on his contract at Villa Park and it is looking that a move away is likely.

Football Insider verdict:

Due to his lack of appearances as well as the additions of both Samba and Terry it is looking as though Elphick’s future certainly lies away from Villa Park. The centre-back was brought to the Midlands from Bournemouth with high hopes after he played a key part in lifting both Brighton and the Cherries up the Football Leagues. However, his time at Aston Villa has so far been hugely unsuccessful and while club’s feel they may be able to get him back to his best it clearly isn’t happening at Villa.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, another Championship club have made a late swoop for a Dutch forward who is also wanted by Villa.

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