Date: 21st January 2018 at 7:17am
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Crystal Palace have won the race to sign Leicester centre-forward Leonardo Ulloa after the two Premier League clubs agreed a deal, according to a report.

The Mirror claimed in their live transfer blog on Sunday [06:32am] that Aston Villa had lost out in their hunt to sign Ulloa, 31, as he now heads to Selhurst Park on loan until the end of the season with the view to it being made permanent.

It is understood that Palace have agreed to pay all of Ulloa’s £60,000-a-week wages during his loan deal as Roy Hodsgon looks to bolster his strike force in order to fight off the threat of relegation.

Palace already have two players on loan in their squad, and may have to let either Ruben Loftus-Cheek or Timothy Fosu-Mensah leave in order to reach a loan-to-buy agreement over Ulloa.

The Mirror reported earlier this month that Villa had approached Leicester with an enquiry about the former Brighton striker while Leeds had also been in the running to sign him before the end of this month.

Ulloa has made just six first-team appearances for Leicester this season across all competitions.

Football Insider verdict

Steve Bruce really needs to add another striker to his squad this month. While Scott Hogan’s form has improved in recent weeks, the Villains do not really have anyone in back up that can find the net on a regular basis. Jonathan Kodjia is set to be out for a while longer and Keinan Davis is nowhere near ready enough to be a starting striker at this level. If Hogan gets injured or his recent form grinds to a halt, Aston Villa’s promotion push could end early. Ulloa would have been a good signing but looking at these kinds of players is a good start. It will not be a surprise to see Bruce finally add a striker to his squad in the next couple of weeks.

In other Aston Villa news, Villa have rejected multiple bids for this £500,000-a-game player.

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