Reports - Aston Villa keen on Spanish playmaker Carles Gil

The Birmingham Mail suggests that Aston Villa are to step up their interest in Valencia playmaker Carles Gil and Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair.

Aston Villa drew another blank on Saturday, with Paul Lambert’s side having gone four games without a Premier League goal.

They have managed just 11 in total this season, from 21 fixtures.

That is comfortably the lowest return in the division, with struggles in the final third threatening to undermine their efforts in other areas.

Villa have conceded only 23 times in the league, with only the top four able to better that record.

The January transfer window will provide them with an opportunity to bolster their ranks, and Lambert is reported to have stepped up his pursuit of creative talent.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Villa are hoping to have fresh faces on board by the time they welcome Liverpool to the Midlands on Saturday.

A move for Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair has been mooted for some time, with the Daily Mail quoting Lambert as saying of the 25-year-old: “It has been a hard move for him going to Man City. Man City has probably been a bit different from what he expected.”

The Villa boss is now also being linked with Valencia playmaker Carles Gil.

The Birmingham Mail suggests that the diminutive forward, who has represented Spain at U21 level, is considered to be an option that can be brought in within Villa’s budget.

The Daily Mail has, however, claimed that Valencia are only looking to send the 22-year-old out on loan and that a reluctance to discuss a permanent move may force Lambert to look elsewhere.

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for MANCHESTER CITY team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch