Three players who could leave Aston Villa in January

We take a look at three players who could be in line to exit Aston Villa in the January transfer window.

With the January transfer window fast approaching, Aston Villa will be looking to bring in some much-needed quality to bolster their squad.

Villa are currently 13th in the Premier League, but without additions and an improvement in their form they could be sucked into a relegation fight.

The bulk of the Claret and Blues' points were accumulated over the first four games of the campaign and their run of results since has left serious questions of Paul Lambert and the current squad's ability. 

It means that the Scot will surely be looking to enhance the quality available to him at the next possible opportunity, but to do so he may have to offload some members of his current squad. 

Villa's squad is bloated and finding room for new players without shipping some out of the door looks difficult. 

In this piece we take a look at three players who Lambert could look to move on in the January transfer window. 

Darren Bent

Currently on a short-term loan to Brighton and Hove Albion, things have got progressively worse for Bent since he signed for the club back in 2011.

The experienced front man was brought in by the Midlands club for £18 million, but he has failed to live up to his price tag and his time at Villa Park appears to be drawing to a close.

A once-clinical striker, Bent's age appears to be catching up with him and he is failing to have the impact on matches that is needed to play at the top level. 

Bent scored just six goals in 30 appearances for Villa last season and failed to notch in any of his last eight this time around. 

Since moving on loan to Brighton he has hit the back of the net - scoring on his debut for the Championship side - and Villa will be hoping that this move puts him in the shop window in time for January. 

Charles N'Zogbia

Although N'Zogbia has been a regular feature in Villa's starting line-up this season, his poor performances may have convinced Lambert that a better option is needed. 

The Frenchman has looked woefully out of sorts so far and he has been a major reason for Villa's problems in front of goal.

Expected to be the creative fulcrum, N'Zogbia has just one assist and he hasn't managed to score during the campaign so far. 

It is a run of form which has meant Villa have been linked with making a move for an attacking midfielder in the January window and that could force N'Zogbia out of the club. 

Matt Lowton

The defender had looked to be an exciting prospect for Villa during his initial time in the team, but his progress has rather plateaued off. 

Lowton joined from Sheffield United after impressing in the lower leagues and made an encouraging start to life at Villa Park.

However, his form seems to have gone downhill since then and he has been forced out of the team by Alan Hutton's excellence. 

Lowton has played just four times this season and an exit from Villa could be best for his development. 

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