Three players Aston Villa can poach from West Ham to drive promotion bid next season

Aston Villa Manager Steve Bruce

Aston Villa and West Ham United have seasons to forget but they could help each other out this summer.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

The Hammers have endured a torrid second season under Slaven Bilic, a far cry from their record breaking efforts last term.

Woeful recruitment and a lack of investment from co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold has been blamed for the club's shortcomings.

Dumped out of the Europa League, FA Cup and EFL Cup in embarrassing fashion, Bilic's side have also flirted with relegation for long periods this season and can finish midtable at best.

Meanwhile Villa too can only hope for a midtable finish in the Championship following their relegation last season.

Expectation and pressure will be huge at Villa Park next season where Steve Bruce will be tasked with mounting a serious challenge to return to the big time.

And they could realistically target three players West Ham will be keen to move on in a bid to help their promotion push next season.

West Ham United's Darren RandolphWest Ham United's Darren Randolph

Darren Randolph

Randolph has not covered himself in glory since taking over the number one spot from Adrian earlier this season and is likely to be made available this summer. At fault for both goals in the 2-2 draw with Sunderland last time out, the Republic of Ireland 'keeper is very much in the spotlight. But despite playing for Villa's hated rivals Birmingham before joining the Hammers, Randolph would be a shrewd signing for Bruce and would bring welcome top level experience having performed brilliantly at Euro 2016.

West Ham United's Robert Snodgrass during the warm upRobert Snodgrass

Robert Snodgrass

New Villa owner Tony Xia has promised to spend big to get the club back where he feels it belongs and a big bid for Robert Snodgrass could be just the spark they need. After seven goals and numerous assists for struggling Hull before January, Bilic snapped the Scotland international up for £10m in January. But it simply hasn't happened for Snodgrass at West Ham with talk the club will look to cut their losses on him in the summer. The player knows the Championship well from his time with Leeds and could be the big player the Villa need to challenge for promotion.

West Ham United's Ashley Fletcher celebrates scoring their first goalAshley Fletcher celebrates scoring against his old club Manchester United

Ashley Fletcher

The former Manchester United youngster was signed with a view to the future but despite impressing with some cameos at the start of the season has been rarely used by Bilic since. A transfer tribunal recently ordered the Hammers to pay Manchester United £1m for the player so anything over that figure is likely to tempt the East Londoners into selling a player who needs regular first team football to realise his potential. He was a success for Barnsley on loan before joining West Ham and his aerial ability, pace and power would be a real asset for Bruce's side.

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