Aston Villa should look to sign Markus Henricksen from Hull City

Hull City's Markus Henriksen celebrates scoring their second goal

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is in the market for an attacking midfielder and might be in a good position, as an ex-Hull City manager, to try and bring the Norwegian to Villa Park.

Aston Villa's attacking midfielders look a little light ahead of the new season. A lot of responsibility will once more lay with Jack Grealish, unless Steve Bruce can find some reinforcements.

A solution could be at Steve Bruce's former club. Markus Henricksen, 24, made his transfer to Hull City permanent in January, on a two-and-a-half year deal, said the BBC, and could help Villa improve their scoring ratio in the Championship. Only Birmingham and the two bottom clubs scored less goals in the league last season.

Henricksen found himself out of contention with a shoulder injury that kept him out for three months, and he only made a handful of appearances after his return, none of which were starts, to end up on 20 appearances for his half season at the club.

Hull City's Markus Henriksen celebrates scoring their second goalHull City's Markus Henriksen celebrates scoring their second goal

A switch to Villa would help galvanise both the Midlands club and the former Rosenborg man, who will be joining a side who are already tipped to be favourites to win promotion at 9-4, says SkyBet.

Henricksen had been on the radar of Everton and Crystal Palace before Hull City picked him up, according to Your Local Guardian. 

The midfielder has made 30 appearances for Norway, and yet only cost Hull City £4.5 million in January, according the Hull Daily Mail.

Whether Bruce had been tracking the international before he left Hull City last summer is unknown, but he will certainly have been able to gather more info on Henriksen since he moved to the UK.

With just the John Terry signing made to date, Bruce needs to add some energy to the midfield. Henricksen's debut season in England was not great, but he might be well-suited to the Championship.

At Villa there is room for an attacking midfielder who can put in consistent performances, and pinching a player from another promotion rival - if possible - could be good business.

Hull City's Markus Henriksen celebrates scoring their second goal with Will KeaneHull City's Markus Henriksen celebrates scoring their second goal with Will Keane

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