Report: Aston Villa show interest in Manchester United youngster Paddy McNair, loan deal possible

Northern Ireland's Paddy McNair

Aston Villa are reportedly keen on Manchester United youngster Paddy McNair.

Manchester United's Paddy McNair shoots at goalManchester United's Paddy McNair shoots at goal

According to The Mirror, Manchester United defender Paddy McNair is a target for Aston Villa, with a loan deal believed to be possible.

Villa are set to lose defender Ciaran Clark, with the centre back undergoing a medical with Championship rivals Newcastle United today according to Sky Sports.

Northern Ireland's Paddy McNairNorthern Ireland's Paddy McNair

Manager Roberto Di Matteo does have the likes of Nathan Baker, Micah Richards and new signing Tommy Elphick available to play at centre back, but he appears to be keen on adding another defender.

The Mirror report that Villa have an interest in signing Manchester United youngster Paddy McNair, and could take him on loan with the Red Devils keen to give him some first-team football.

Manchester United's Paddy McNair in actionManchester United's Paddy McNair in action

McNair, 21, has been on the books with United since 2011, and has made a total of 27 first-team appearances for the Red Devils, but played just nine games last season.

Primarily a centre back, McNair showed his versatility this summer by playing in midfield for the Northern Ireland national team at Euro 2016, and his performances appear to have attracted interest.

Northern Ireland's Paddy McNair in action with Poland's Artur JedrzejczykNorthern Ireland's Paddy McNair in action with Poland's Artur Jedrzejczyk

The Daily Star report that Burnley, Celtic and Newcastle are all looking to land McNair on loan, and Villa have now joined the race for his signature.

United will want McNair to go to the club where he has the best chance of playing first-team football, so they will be choosing very carefully - and Villa will be hoping that they can fend off their rivals and secure McNair to plug the gap left by Clark.

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