Dean Smith has been told Aston Villa don’t have the budget for a big-money striker signing this month, Football Insider understands.

The Midlands giants are in the market for a centre-forward after losing Wesley for the rest of the season due to serious knee injury.

A Villa source has told Football Insider that the club are set to centre their striker recruitment efforts on the loan market.

The Midlands giants have been linked with plenty of big-name strikers but most of them are unrealistic due to costs.

Rangers’ prolific spearhead Alfredo Morelos is among those who have been watched but the source explained he is way outside of Villa’s budget for this window.

As revealed by Football Insider, the club have tabled a seven-figure loan offer for Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah and they are also keeping tabs on Christian Benteke.

But a successful move for the Belgian would depend on Palace loaning out a centre-forward to a team they may view as a possible relegation rival.

Smith named a side without an orthodox striker last weekend as Villa were thumped 6-1 by champions Manchester City.

Villa completed their first January signing last night when they recruited former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina on loan from AC Milan.

He is set to compete for a starting spot after Tom Heaton joined Wesley in being ruled out for the rest of the campaign.

In other Aston Villa news, it can be REVEALED that the club are planning to sell senior player this month despite recent heroics.