Aston Villa forward Rushian Hepburn-Murphy is unlikely to play for club again after his deadline-day move to Derby County, Football Insider understands.
A Villa source has told Football Insider that Hepburn-Murphy, 21, is not expected to feature for his parent club again.
His contract at the Birmingham-based giants expires in the summer and there are no plans to hand him an extension.
That could change if the young attacker can make a big impact at Derby, who
The versatile forward, who can spearhead the attack, play on the flanks or even in a second striker role, had a mixed time in League One at Tranmere in the opening half of the campaign.
His 21 appearances in all competitions have yielded five goals and one assists, before he lost his place after Boxing Day..
He spent the second half of last season out on loan at League Two Cambridge United, where he scored twice in 16 appearances.
Hepburn-Murphy did not join Derby in time to feature in their 4-0 thrashing of Stoke City at Pride Park on Friday.
The forward, who became the second youngest first-team debutant in Villa’s history at 16 years and 176 days, has played 17 times for his parent club but has yet to score or assist.
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