Could Aston Villa make Birmingham City pay by signing local-lad Marvin Johnson?

New Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce during the press conference

The Oxford United winger was once offered a scholarship at Birmingham City but Aston Villa may beat The Blues to his signature.

Newcastle United's Jesus Gamez in action with Oxford United's Marvin Johnson

The fact that seemingly every club in the Championship, and one or two in the Premier League, are circling around Oxford United winger Marvin Johnson is enough to suggest that he could be worth adding to your list of targets.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Stoke, Derby, Reading, West Brom and Birmingham City are all interested in the 26-year-old while, just a few weeks ago, Wolves and QPR were reported to be tracking his progress.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that Aston Villa are not far away from the discussion. After spending almost £70 million this summer in an attempt to completely revitalise the squad, CEO Keith Wyness told fans to expect a quieter summer this time around. Though it seems Johnson, one of the stars of League One this season, is simply too good to ignore.

He’s certainly too good to let him move to one of your potential rivals unopposed. According to the Birmingham Mail, Villa have scouted Johnson for a number of years although he is something of a later bloomer, only hitting the relative big time with Motherwell in 2015 after spending the early years of his career in non-league.

Motherwell's Marvin Johnson scores their first goal

However, Johnson, whose ability to play on the left side of midfield or wing back will aid Steve Bruce’s formation changes, is clearly ready to make the step up and add extra creativity to a side that has appeared blunt in the final third at times this season.

And it should interest Villa fans to learn that the versatile attacker was once offered a scholarship at city rivals Birmingham while trying to find a route into the professional game, the Birmingham Mail report.

Therefore, Villa could make their near-neighbours pay by offering the local lad a way back home in the summer.

New Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce during the press conference

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