By Russell Edge

15th Dec, 2017 | 4:45pm

Report: Aston Villa to pounce for international maestro set for January exit from PL giants

Aston Villa are ready to pounce on a loan deal for Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic in the January transfer window, according to a report.

The Liverpool Echo claim on their website that the Villans are hopeful of convincing the Reds to send him to Villa Park on a temporary basis, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp waiting until the January window to decide whether to ship him out.

It is said that if the 21-year-old maestro looks unlikely to be given regular game time, as is the current situation, then the German boss is set to push him out the exit door at Anfield, with a temporary move to an English club reportedly preferred by Liverpool.

The four-time-capped Serbian international has just three league appearances to his name this season, totalling just 14 minutes of action, and has a total of 14 Liverpool outings under his belt since signing in 2016.

Football Insider verdict

If Aston Villa are going to keep their place in the play off spots this season, then they need to have a squad which is not only deep but full of quality. Injuries have already played their part at Villa Park and Steve Bruce will be concerned that if layoffs begin to mount up even further, then they can wave goodbye to their return to the top flight. Grujic seems to offer something he does not already have at his disposal and a player of his enthusiasm and quality could be the difference in crucial games. If they can convince Liverpool to let him depart, they should do so immediately. 

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