Three defensive midfield options for Aston Villa, as Steve Bruce searches the market

Aston Villa Manager Steve Bruce

Aston Villa are said to be on the look out for a defensive midfielder in the January transfer window.

With Aston Villa prioritising signing a defensive midfielder in January (Daily Mirror), we take a look at three options they could go for.

Mathieu Flamini

Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini looks dejected after missing a chance

Flamini has been out of contract since leaving Arsenal last summer. The experienced French international may not be entirely match sharp, but he would be a good option if Steve Bruce could get him up to speed.

Flamini has top level experience, and he also has the ability to be a stand out player at Championship level.

With Villa attempting to make a charge for the play offs, Flamini’s arrival could make all the difference between them being promoted or falling short.

Lewis Cook

Bournemouth's Lewis Cook in action with Valencia's Alvaro Medran

Cook may be at a different stage of his career to Flamini, but he would also be an excellent signing for Steve Bruce’s side.

Cook excelled at Championship level for Leeds United last season, but he has struggled since moving to Bournemouth.

The England youth international has barely featured for Eddie Howe’s side, meaning a loan move could be an option in January.

Charlie Adam

Stoke City's Charlie Adam celebrates their first goal

Adam has fought his back into Stoke City’s team recently, but there are still some question marks over his availability.

Adam is far from a guarantee starter for Mark Hughes’ side nowadays, and if Villa did make an offer, they may be able to do a deal for the former Rangers man.

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