Chris Martin is exactly what Villa need; why they should make an offer Derby can't refuse

Hull's Curtis Davies in action with Derby's Chris Martin

Aston Villa are in desperate need of a striker who is accustomed to the rigours of Championship football.

Derby's Chris Martin shootsDerby's Chris Martin is exactly who Villa need to spearhead their promotion push

Aston Villa's abysmal 2015/16 Premier League campaign culminated in relegation to the Championship last term, and their fans had reason to be despondent. 

With the appointment of Roberto Di Matteo, however, there is a renewed sense of optimism emanating from Villa Park.

The Midlands outfit are still considered a big draw within the game, especially at Championship level, so will no doubt still be able to attract top talent to the club.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo poses after the press conference Roberto Di Matteo is reportedly keen on bringing in striking reinforcements to his Villa squad

With the Birmingham Mail reporting that the Italian wants to bring two strikers to the club, an ideal candidate for the Villa number 9 shirt would be Derby's Chris Martin. 

The Scotland international is a powerful, old-fashioned centre-forward, who would act as the perfect focal point for Villa's attack. He has proven Championship pedigree, and at the age of 27, still has plenty of room for further improvement.

There are so many good Championship strikers out there who seem to be bypassed for more 'exotic' foreign imports, but Martin has everything a club like Villa need in their current climate.

Derby's Chris Martin and Johnny Russell look dejectedChris Martin is a key figure in the Derby setup, and will be hard to prise away from the club

He scored 15 Championship goals last term that helped the Rams towards their ultimately unsuccessful push for promotion.

Villa are a side who like to play intricate football through the lines, a philosophy that will be accentuated even further after the appointment of Di Matteo, and with Martin's ability to link up play between midfield and attack, he could prove invaluable for them.

For a move to even be considered, Derby would have to either have a ready made replacement lined up, or receive an an offer too good to turn down.

Leicester City's Leonardo Ulloa in action with Swansea's Leroy FerLeicester City's Leonardo Ulloa would make for the ideal replacement, should Derby lose Martin

If Villa were to make a substantial offer for Martin, Derby should waste no time in making a move for Leicester City's Leonardo Ulloa. With just seven Premier League starts last term, and at 29 years of age, the Argentinian hitman would surely relish the chance of regular first-team football, something he would undoubtedly gain at the iPro Stadium.

Ulloa would be a fantastic acquisition for Derby and having a Premier league title winner amongst the ranks would do wonders for the team spirit as a whole.

It is a transfer triangle that would be beneficial for all parties concerned, and one that each club involved should whole-heartedly entertain.

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