Report: Brian Little scouting summer targets, has already offered Villa recommendations

Brian Little has reportedly offered Aston Villa players to target this summer.

According to The Telegraph, Brian Little could replace Hendrik Almstadt as Aston Villa's sporting director - and has already offered some recommended transfer targets to the club.

Villa sit bottom of the Premier League table and are hurtling towards relegation, having won just three league games all season, whilst Sunday's loss to Tottenham was their 20th defeat of the campaign.

Currently nine points adrift of safety, Villa are in a disastrous situation - and somebody had to pay the price for such a torrid season, with Hendrik Almstadt paying the price, leaving by mutual consent on Tuesday.

Almstadt, 40, joined Villa from Arsenal last season and took the role of sporting director, helping Villa identify and sign players in the transfer market, which has been a real problem for Villa.

Under Almstadt's reign, Villa went from one extreme to the other; making poor signings in the summer such as Jose Crespo, Adama Traore and Rudy Gestede, before January saw Villa fail to sign any players at all in a desperately frustrating window.

Almstadt has now gone, and it seems that Villa are looking to their former manager Brian Little to replace him. The 62-year-old, who played for and managed Villa during a lengthy association with the club, recently returned as an advisor to the Villa board, but he may end up with an even greater role.

Now, The Telegraph report that Little could end up replacing Almstadt as sporting director, and he has already been scouting players for possible moves in the summer, with Villa looking to make an immediate return to the top flight after their imminent relegation.

The report even goes as far to say that Little has already recommended players to Villa, and that may mean players with Championship experience are targeted this time, rather than young foreign players like under Almstadt - a strategy which has contributed to the mess Villa find themselves in right now.

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