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12th Aug, 2016 | 8:31pm

Tony Xia shares Aston Villa striker plan after crunch talks

By Harvey Byrne

Tony Xia has revealed Aston Villa will send Gabby Agbonlahor out on loan this season in one final bid to revive his flagging career.

The 29-year-old gave up the club captaincy last year following a series of disciplinary issues and was placed on a strict fitness regime for being unfit and overweight.

The Birmingham-born forward has been left out of both of Roberto Di Matteo’s matchday squads this season and club owner Xia has revealed that he and the manager met with Agbonlahor on Friday for crunch talks.

The Chinese tycoon revealed the meeting was instigated by Agbonlahor and he was offered the “best solution” by the club chiefs.

The new Aston Villa owner later revealed that he’s offered Agbonlahor the chance to go out on loan for a season, where the club will then make a decision whether the forward can return for Villa.

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The Chinese tycoon finished by saying that Agbonlahor realiees that he has done wrong, but that the Aston Villa youth graduate can’t catch up to match fitness with the season already underway.

Agbonlahor has made 333 appearances for his boyhood club, scoring 84 goals since making his debut in 2004.

The three-time capped England international played in 18 encounters for his side in all competitions, but had a return of just one goal and two assists.

Aside from Agbonlahor Villa have three senior strikers at the club with Jordan Ayew, Rudy Gestede and Ross McCormack, the latter signing from Fulham for a fee of £12 million.

In other Aston Villa team news, Xia has admitted that the task of taking Villa forward has been tougher than first expected.