Report: West Brom enquire about 25-year-old international striker; Aston Villa also keen

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce

Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion are thought to be keen on strengthening their squads this month.

A report from ESPN suggests that sources close to Egypt international striker Basem Morsy have told them them that West Brom and Aston Villa are monitoring the Zamalek man, with a view to making a January bid.

The 25-year-old has scored 29 goals in 69 league appearances for the Egyptian outfit, since his move to the club in 2014, and is highly regarded in his homeland, having scored seven times in his eight international appearances for Egypt.

Aston Villa manager Steve BruceAston Villa manager Steve Bruce

He has not been included in their squad for the African Cup of Nations, however, and that will certainly be a major bonus for any club who are considering signing him this month.

The report from ESPN claims that Villa view Morsy as an ideal replacement for the recently departed Rudy Gestede, whilst suggesting that the Baggies have already enquired about the possibility of bringing him to the Hawthorns.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis before the gameWest Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis 

Tony Pulis, however, is more in need of a striker than Steve Bruce, what with the future of Saido Berahino still up in the air, and his side's over reliance on Salomon Rondon.

And with just over two weeks still remaining before the transfer window slams shut, this will certainly be one to keep an eye on.

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