By Paul Robinson

29th Jan, 2020 | 8:08pm

Exclusive: Robinson touts new Villa signing as talks reported over first-team exit for 19/20

Paul Robinson suggests that Aston Villa could bring in a new striker late in the window if Jota moves on loan to Fulham this month.

The former Tottenham and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Villans may need to free up some wages for a new arrival and that the out of favour winger is the ideal candidate to leave.

It is reported that the Spanish attacker is in talks with the London side over a move back to the Championship after struggling to impose himself at Villa Park.

Having seen the 28-year-old fall down the pecking order under Dean Smith, Robinson says his departure could be good news in the club’s hunt for some additional firepower before Friday’s transfer deadline.

Robinson told Football Insider: “It looks like he will be going, possibly to Fulham, probably to free up a salary for a striker between now and the end of the window.

“He only joined in the summer but he’s struggled to make an impression. I think he’s only had 12 appearances so it’s been a difficult season for him. 

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“A loan move, it’s one of them that works for both parties – it frees up a salary and lets him get out and play some football.” 

Jota has contributed just one goal and two assists in his appearances since reuniting with former manager Dean Smith at Villa Park.

He has fallen behind the likes of Anwar El Ghazi and Trezeguet in the pecking order, with Jack Grealish having also moved from a central role to a wide left position.

In other Aston Villa news, Kevin Phillips suggests a new signing is on the way after an admission from Dean Smith.