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5th Jan, 2017 | 5:28pm

Why Aston Villa should move for PL midfielder in January

COMMENT By Dominic Toner

Aston Villa should try to sign Leicester midfielder Jeffrey Schlupp in the January transfer window.

Sky Sports claimed on their transfer centre blog on Thursday (16:34) that Villa and West Brom are both monitoring the situation of the 24-year-old.

It is understood that Leicester will try to sign Norwich winger Robbie Brady if they sell Schlupp in January.

Villa should try to steal a march on Premier League side West Brom and secure Schlupp’s signature.

The wide man has fallen down the pecking order at the King Power Stadium this season, with the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Demarai Gray and Marc Albrighton all ahead of him.

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He has made just nine appearances this season and has been left out of Leicester’s Premier League match day squad in the last six games.

Schlupp could be offered the chance to work with highly flying West Brom in the top-flight, but Villa would be able to guarantee him regular first-team football.

Steve Bruce’s side are in desperate need of a pacy winger to beat defenders, something that Leicester’s 24-year-old could do with ease.

He predominately plays on the left flank, but has also been used as a left-back and a striker during his career.

Schlupp picked up a Premier League medal last season and was also involved in their promotion from the Championship in the 2013/14 campaign.

The Ghana international would benefit from a regular run of games and would be a fantastic addition to the Villa squad.

He has not yet fulfilled his potential since he broke through Leicester’s academy and Villa could be the perfect platform for him to showcase his talent.

The Midlands club are currently seven points adrift of the play-off places and need a marquee signing in January to help them become promotion candidates.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club are set to seal the £3million signing of a midfield goal machine.