Aston Villa offered chance to sign Leeds-linked Josip Ilicic

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According to reports, Fiorentina playmaker Josip Ilicic has been offered to Aston Villa.

Aston Villa's recent run of poor form has largely been down to one thing - a lack of goals.

In their recent run of one point in seven games, Villa scored just once, with Andreas Weimann's goal against Tottenham counting for little in their 2-1 defeat.

Christian Benteke missed the early stages of the season before being sent off in that loss to Spurs, whilst the goals have dried up for Gabriel Agbonlahor.

With only five goals in 11 games, Villa are by far the lowest goalscorers in the top flight, and that must be addressed in the January transfer window if they are to survive in the Premier League.

And now, Villa have been linked with a big January move to improve their attacking prowess - even though the player in question isn't a centre forward.

Fiorentina playmaker Josip Ilicic is not only out of favour with the Serie A club, but has recently been on a collision course with their fans.

The Slovenian attacking midfielder is known for his long range shooting and superb control, and a January exit looks a formality given recent events, and Leeds United had been touted as a possible destination.

That was during the reign of his compatriot Darko Milanic at Elland Road, but Italian media speculate that Leeds owner Massimo Cellino is still interested in bringing the 26-year-old to West Yorkshire.

However, the Daily Mirror report that Ilicic has now been offered to Villa, who can now decide whether to make a bid to bring him to Villa Park in the New Year.

A move to Villa may be more appealing than Leeds, but whether Villa boss Paul Lambert wants to bring him to Birmingham is another matter.

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