Villa are preparing for the worst, as they expect to be relegated from the Premier League.
The Claret and Blues are currently eight points adrift of safety, and they look destined to be playing Championship football next term.
As a result, Villa are scouring the market for players who could help them bounce back from relegation next season, and they have reportedly identified Clough as a potential target.
With Bolton’s financial position very weak, Villa are said to be optimistic that they can land the 20-year-old for a cut price.
And the Mail suggest that Villa’s head of recruitment, Paddy Riley, has already been in attendance at the Macron Stadium to check on the forward’s progress.
Clough, who was targeted in January by Bristol City, has played 18 times for the Trotters this term, and he has scored four goals in the process.
The striker's good form has not been enough to guide Bolton away from the drop zone yet, however, as Neil Lennon's side currently sit in 23rd place in the Championship table.