Report: Aston Villa in discussions about signing Manchester United's James Wilson

Aston Villa have allegedly asked to take Manchester United striker James Wilson on loan.

According to The Sun, Aston Villa have discussed the possibility of signing Manchester United striker James Wilson on loan this summer.

Villa had been in great form heading into this weekend, but a 6-1 thumping at the hands of Southampton had worried fans again - before Hull's defeat at Tottenham confirmed that Villa were safe from relegation and would be playing in the Premier League again next season.

Now, with his first task achieved, manager Tim Sherwood will not only be looking to try and win the FA Cup final against Arsenal at the end of the month, but also begin to plan ahead of next season.

Summer signings will be needed for Villa to avoid a similar situation next term, and finding a striker to ease some of the burden on Christian Benteke has to be a priority.

Given Sherwood's ability to work with youngsters, it's little surprise to see that The Sun are reporting that Villa have been in discussions with Manchester United, asking whether it would be possible to take Wilson on loan next season.

Wilson, 19, came up through the ranks at Old Trafford but has been a fringe player under Louis van Gaal, scoring twice in just 16 appearances - with 12 of those coming from the bench.

A loan move next season would make sense as the Red Devils look to accelerate Wilson's development, and Villa could be the perfect destination considering Sherwood's work with youngsters and the fact that he would be given first-team football with few other attacking options at Sherwood's disposal.

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