West Ham striker Nikica Jelavic would be a good loan option for Aston Villa

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Slaven Bilic suggested that the Croatian could leave the Boleyn Ground during this window.

With Slaven Bilic telling West Ham's official website that Nikica Jelavic may be allowed to leave the club this month, it may be worth Aston Villa boss Remi Garde attempting to bring the Croatian to Villa Park on loan until the end of the season.

Although the 30-year-old has had few opportunities since moving to the Boleyn Ground, he could be the kind of signing that may be able to help the Villains find the back of the net more regularly, and perhaps, give them a fighting chance of remaining in the top flight.

His work-rate is likely to inspire the rest of his teammates, and while his spell with the Hammers has been less than prolific, he was brilliant during his time with Rangers, and followed that up with a blistering run during his first few months with Everton. 

He enjoyed a run soon after joining the Toffees where he scored nine times in just 12 Premier League games. And with Villa's top goalscorer currently boasting just five strikes, while the entire team have managed just 18 goals in the league all season, that kind of run could improve the club's chances of survival immensely. 

While Villa boast some depth up front - Rudy Gestede is a strong target man, while Jordan Ayew provides plenty of skill and trickery - they arguably lack the kind of poacher that would work tirelessly to follow shots in, ready to accept any chances that may present themselves.

He is certainly a form player, but with Villa's chances of staying up looking so bleak, it may be worth taking a punt on him in the hope that he goes on a goalscoring run that gives Garde's men some belief that safety may just be possible.

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