By Russell Edge

17th Dec, 2017 | 11:03am

'Rabbit out of the hat' - Bruce reveals hopes over Aston Villa PL January transfer grab

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has said that he will be hoping that a Premier League striker has a fall out with his manager as he looks to snap up a loan signing in the January transfer market.

The Villans have experienced something of an injury crisis in attack this season, with the likes of Gabby Agbonlahor, Scott Hogan and Jonathan Kodija all suffering layoffs, which meant the manager was forced to turn to 19-year-old forward Keinan Davis as his sole option up top.

With the January transfer window around the corner, the former Hull City boss has insisted the club do not have the finances to secure the type of striker they need, rubbishing a swoop for Bournemouth’s Lewis Grabban in the process, and will therefore be limited to the loan market.

However, he admits that it will be difficult to procure the quality of attacker they need to fire them to securing a play off spot, or even automatic promotion, and says he may be waiting on some off-field circumstances for his ideal target to become available.

He told the Birmingham Mail: “We are in a position now where we are looking at the loan market.

“Then it becomes very restrictive. That is where we find ourselves. That is the sort of market we will be in.

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“Sam Johnstone, Robert Snodgrass and Josh Onomah – who are loans and have done fantastically well. Let’s hope we can pull another rabbit out of the hat.

“Premier League teams, they have five or six (strikers) and they want to stick with it.

“You are hoping someone has a fall-out, then you can capitalise on someone like that.”

Villa’s lack of attacking impetus was evident in Saturday’s defeat to Derby County on Saturday, with Bruce forced to turn to midfield maestro Onomah as a centre forward, with Davis bed ridden through illness.

In other Aston Villa news, this attacker has been handed a major boost after what was a serious injury scare.

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