By John Reid
Aston Villa and Hull are set to do battle over Leicester City attacker Ahmed Musa, according to a report.
The Birmingham Mail claims that the player wants to leave Leicester due to a lack of playing time.
The Nigerian international who has 63 caps for his country joined Leicester from CSKA Moscow for over £16 million in the summer of 2016 but has yet to establish himself as a first-team regular, having played only 18 times so far.
Musa has only featured for the Foxes once this season, in a 4-1 league cup victory over Sheffield United – a game in which he scored, interestingly enough, but that goal didn’t lead to anymore game time.
Football Insider verdict: Despite a lack of playing time for Leicester, a player like Musa could do a great job for Villa as they attempt to get promoted back to the Premier League. With Villa currently sitting in sixth place in the Championship they are not guaranteed a place in the play-offs, and Musa could be the man to help them cement that top-six finish. With Hull currently in 20th place and in a relegation dogfight, if it comes down to a decision between the clubs then Villa is the one to join. A loan deal with a view to a permanent deal would seem to be the sensible transfer for the player and his new club.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, a Villa youngster has been linked to a host of Premier League sides