Grabban wanted by Bruce

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Aston Villa are reportedly interested in signing Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban according to the Birmingham Mail.

Grabban is currently on loan at struggling Sunderland and has scored an impressive 11 goals in 17 games, despite Chris Coleman’s side sitting second from bottom of the Championship table.

It is thought that Eddie Howe will consider recalling the 29-year-old from his loan spell in January if there is enough interest in the striker to leave the South Coast club on a permanent deal.

Could Grabban replace Kodjia.It is no secret that Steve Bruce wants another striker following the injury to Jonathan Kodjia but it is understood and no real surprise that Coleman wants to keep the forward at the Stadium of Light.

Coleman said: “As far as I understand there has been no indication that will be the case. I think I am correct in saying Lewis (Grabban) is happy here, he has done a very good job, scored good goals, very important goals. He is very important to us.

There is nothing we can do, there is a clause to say he can go back but I have not been told by anyone there is an indication that is the case, it will be up to Bournemouth.”

Villa are said to be looking at various options so I am unsure just how much truth is in this story. Grabban has been in good form for Sunderland but as a club, we know too well that it doesn’t mean he could come and do a job for us. We must sign a player that will fit into our system. We can’t afford to be messing around this year especially after dropping four points in the last two games.

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Despite the fact we have Sam Johnstone on loan until the summer it appears the rumours of the loan move being made permanent won’t go away.

The Express is the latest media outlet to report that Villa will do everything they possibly can to sign the Manchester United goalkeeper. FFP could have its say though as it is understood that United will demand around £5million for the goalkeeper.

The deal could all depend on whether or not Villa are able to offload the likes of Ross McCormack who returns from his loan spell in Australia next month and out of favour Tommy Elphick.

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