Steve Bruce is looking to seal a double loan deal for two Leicester City players according to The Telegraph.
The Villa boss is reported to want to persuade both Leonardo Ulloa and Daniel Amartey to join in a bid for promotion.
Due to Aston Villa’s issues with the Financial Fair Play rules, loan deals will be the only realistic option during this window. Both Ulloa and Amartey have recently found regular first team football hard to come by, so a spell at Villa Park could revitalise all parties.
Ulloa would provide an experienced attacking option which Villa are all too short of. Last seasons top scorer Jonathan Kodjia looks to miss the rest of the season with a reoccurrence of a complex ankle injury and Ross McCormack remains on loan at Melbourne City with reports that he will look to extend his loan deal with the A-League side.
The Argentine forward built his early career at home for a host of clubs before moving to Spain where he earned a move to Almeria.
Ulloa moved to English football with Brighton in January 2013 and played a key role in helping the club reach the playoffs, most notably scoring an 88th-minute winner against Leeds United to confirm Brighton’s playoff position.
The following season, Ulloa scored a last minute winner at Nottingham Forest to again confirm a playoff position for the club before moving on to Leicester City where he was predominantly second to Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki. Nevertheless, he scored six goals in 29 games to help contribute to the infamous title win for the Foxes.
Daniel Amartey would provide coverage to various positions both within the defence and midfield. The Ghanaian also won the league with Leicester City but only made 5 appearances during that season following his arrival from Danish outfit FC Copenhagen. He became more prevalent within the first team following the departure of N’golo Kante to Chelsea.
I personally believe Leonardo Ulloa is a good as we could find should a loan option be available and presuming he would drop down to the Championship. A powerful, commanding striker who is strong in the air too would be all too welcome with our current striking options and consistency. The previous experience of guiding Brighton to the playoffs too could be invaluable.
As for Daniel Amartey, the Leicester fans seem a bit more loathed to see him go permanently, so a loan may be good for starters. He comes with a good reputation as a hard-working player which again is key to a promotion bid.