By Amir Mir
Aston Villa are keen to sign Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph on loan for the rest of the season, according to a report.
Telegraph correspondent Matt Law has claimed that manager Steve Bruce is keen to refurbish the Villa midfield and wants to land two of his four main targets during the January transfer window.
Two of those targets are former Villa players Delph and Everton’s Tom Cleverley, while the other two are Henri Lansbury, who is the subject of a reported £3million bid, and Leicester City’s Matty James.
If Villa were to re-sign Delph then it would prove to be a controversial move due to the manner in which he left the club in 2015.
The 27-year-old signed a new contract in January 2015 at the then Premier League outfit as the Midlands side then received an initial bid of £8 million for his services from City during the summer.
Delph initially turned down the offer and released a statement to the Villa supporters by expressing his loyalty to the club – he completed a move six days later.
The England international was booed as he made a substitute appearance for City upon his return to Villa Park in November 2015.
It is said that Championship rivals Newcastle have shown interest in Delph, as have Midlands rivals, West Brom.
Former Manchester United man Cleverley is also a loan target for Villa and the north east club, while manager Steve Bruce is awaiting an answer in regards to the bid for Lansbury.
Football Insider verdict:
Steve Bruce would be making a big mistake if he were to re-sign Fabian Delph. The Manchester City midfielder left the club in bad circumstances and will most likely be welcomed back with anger. Villa are in need of a central midfielder but there are others such as Nottingham Forest man Henri Lansbury that will fit the bill better than Delph. In simple words, Bruce should look elsewhere.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, owner Tony Xia has expressed his frustration at this u-turn deal.