Signed by Bruce before, is Ben Watson the logical choice for Aston Villa?

New Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce during the press conference

Aston Villa are reportedly looking for a new defensive midfielder.

The Mirror report Aston Villa have made signing a defensive midfielder a priority this January with new boss Steve Bruce looking to put his own stamp on the team.

Bruce's Villa are unbeaten since he took over, and a solid midfield and defence could help their multi-million attack kick on further.

New Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce during the press conferenceNew Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce during the press conference

A sensible move for Bruce would be to target a player who he has managed once before, and who may just be available, Ben Watson.

Watson may not be an inspirational name but he is exactly the type of player who could 'do a job' for a Steve Bruce side in the Championship.

The 32-year-old is best remembered for scoring the FA Cup final winner for Wigan, but Bruce should be able to claim a little credit for that.

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He signed Watson in 2009 at Wigan for £2 million from Crystal Palace, and is a player Bruce regards highly.

Speaking to Goal a few months into Watson's Latics spell, Bruce hailed his 'significant contribution' to the first team squad.

(L-R) Wigan's new signings Ben Watson, Mido and Hugo Rodallega with manager Steve Bruce during the press conference(L-R) Wigan's new signings Ben Watson, Mido and Hugo Rodallega with manager Steve Bruce during the press conference

Watson is currently at Premier League side Watford, but has been out of favour and has played in just three matches in the top flight this season.

He was most recently featuring for the under-23s, and would benefit from a move, even if just a loan deal until the end of the season.

Liverpool's Kevin Stewart in action with Watford's Ben WatsonLiverpool's Kevin Stewart in action with Watford's Ben Watson

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