Report: Aston Villa show interest in Crystal Palace midfielder Jordon Mutch

Crystal Palace's Jordon Mutch in action with Sunderland's Jermain Defoe

The Championship new boys have also reportedly been looking at Palace teammates Mile Jedinak and Joe Ledley as they bid to add some quality in the centre of the park.

Crystal Palace's Jordon Mutch in action with Sunderland's Jermain Defoe

Aston Villa have already been linked with moves for Mile Jedinak and Joe Ledley in recent days, but there is another Crystal Palace midfielder who is reportedly on their transfer radar.

According to the Daily Mail, the club have also expressed an interest in signing former England Under-21 international Jordon Mutch from the Eagles and hope to secure a deal for at least one of the trio before the summer transfer window closes.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew with Jordon Mutch

Mutch, 24, has struggled to make an impact at Palace since joining the club from Queens Park Rangers in January 2015 for a reported £4.75 million fee, making only seven starts in 20 Premier League appearances last season without registering a goal or assist.

The ex-Birmingham City youngster has previously impressed in the top-flight with Cardiff City, however, netting seven times in 35 games during the 2013-14 season after helping the Welsh side secure promotion with some promising performances over the prior campaign.

His form later earned him a £6 million switch to QPR in August 2014 following the Bluebirds’ relegation back to the Championship, but he went on to feature just 11 times for the Hoops across all competitions before making the short move to Palace.

West Brom's Craig Dawson and Crystal Palace's Jordon Mutch

While he has fared well at times during his 18th-month stint at Selhurst Park, the powerful middle man has found playing time hard to come by with Yohan Cabaye, Jedinak, Ledley and James McArthur all competing for places in the centre of the park, and reports over recent weeks have claimed that manager Alan Pardew is now looking to offload him.

With three years still left on his contract, it remains to be seen how much Villa would have to pay to lure the Derby native back to the Midlands this summer, but his age, all-action playing style and past success in both the Premier League and second tier suggest that he could prove an excellent alternative if the club cannot work out a deal for either of his veteran teammates.

Crystal Palace's Jordon Mutch celebrates scoring their first goal

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