Aston Villa management team

Preston North End, Huddersfield Town and QPR are keeping close tabs on Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis ahead of the January window, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

This site revealed earlier this week that the Premier League club are planning to loan out Davis, 22, next month.

Dean Smith wants Wesley to first prove he has fully recovered from the knee injury that has sidelined him for a year and is then ready to make Davis available.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that has alerted a string of clubs including Championship trio Preston, Huddersfield and QPR.

They are all big admirers of Davis’ physicality and technical qualities, and believe he could make a big impact in the second tier.

The Villa academy product has struggled for game time this season following the £28million arrival of Ollie Watkins.

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He signed a new four-year contract in September, as had first been revealed by this site, but has barely been used by Smith.

Davis has made five first-team appearances this season, but only two of those have been in the Premier League.

His second of the campaign came with a late run-out in Thursday’s goalless draw against Burnley.

The one proviso to him going out on loan is that Wesley must prove he has fully recovered from the knee injury that has sidelined him for nearly a year.

The Brazilian is working with the club’s fitness and sports science staff on his speed and aerobic capacity, but is not expected to play again before January.

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