Mark Lawrenson suggests a big problem with Aston Villa - Remy links

The BBC pundit has been discussing Aston Villa's chances of signing the Chelsea striker.

Mark Lawrenson suggests Chelsea will not let Loic Remy go amid interest in the Frenchman from Aston Villa, according to BBC Football.

Indeed, the pundit insists Villa want Remy but can't see the 29-year-old actually leaving Stamford Bridge.

And Lawrenson also thinks the Midlands outfit need to make January signings while keeping 'one eye' on the Championship.

Lawrenson told the BBC: "They want Loic Remy. But why would Chelsea let Loic Remy go anywhere? Costa’s not been playing well and Falcao’s still struggling. He’s the next striker. They’re still in the Champions League.

"I don't see any goals in this Aston Villa team. Where are they going to come from? If Villa do make any signings in January, I would suggest they are with one eye on the Championship as well."

Remy was a good enough goalscorer at Queens Park Rangers - and especially Newcastle United - to suggest he could really help Aston Villa.

But, should Lawrenson be proved right, what other options are there? Charlie Austin may be one but will any striker want to join the Midlands outfit in their current state?

Ultimately, Villa's problems run far too deep for one player to fix them, anyway. There really doesn't look to be a solution on the horizon whoever comes in.

As for signing with an eye on the Championship, though, Lawrenson certainly has a point there. It was a lack of planning that got Villa into this mess. The least they could do is plan ahead now.

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