Australia international linked with Aston Villa loan exit

Chris Herd only made his Socceroos debut last week but the Aston Villa star could depart the Midlands club on loan in the coming weeks.

Paul Lambert could utilise the football league loan system to clear out several players in need of more first-team football away from Villa Park.

According to a report in the Birmingham Mail, the Scot is willing to allow Matt Lowton, Chris Herd and Ciaran Clark to leave the club on temporary deals, having recruited several high-profile stand-ins during the summer months.

Philippe Senderos and Aly Cissokho have both arrived at Aston Villa and settled in well at the Birmingham club while Alan Hutton has also returned to the fold for the Claret and Blue.

The presence of the Scottish full-back, coupled with Leandro Bacuna, is likely to limit Lowton’s first team opportunities and Lambert could consider sending the former Sheffield United star out on loan.

Clark could also move away on loan for the first time, having fallen behind Nathan Baker and Jores Okore as back-ups to Ron Vlaar and Senderos.

The Republic of Ireland international could well favour such a deal, as he looks to force his way into Martin O’Neill’s plans for the Emerald Isles national side.

Meanwhile, Herd faces an uncertain future, with Villa reportedly willing to allow him to leave on loan, while there are no plans to offer the player a new contract at present.

A product of the club’s academy, Herd recently made his debut for the Australia national team, but is out of contract next summer and could be advised to move away in a bid to gain more game time.

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