Report: Charlton Athletic want Aston Villa's Jed Steer on loan

Aston Villa Manager Steve Bruce

Aston Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer needs regular football and he could get it by dropping down to League One with Charlton Athletic.

Aston Villa are desperate to clear out the deadwood this summer as they aim to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.

Yet, despite The Chronicle reporting that Sunderland are interested in Ross McCormack and the Birmingham Mail linking Leeds United with Tommy Elphick, only forgotten man Libor Kozak and midfielder Carlos Sanchez, who spent last season on loan at Fiorentina, have departed so far.

Aston Villa Manager Steve BruceSteve Bruce needs to sell in order to free up funds for new players

And with Villa unable to buy unless they earn funds through player sales, this is a far from ideal scenario with six weeks of the transfer window remaining and the new league season looming on the horizon.

It is fair to say Villa will not rake in too much cash with the sale of Jed Steer. The 24-year-old joined Villa from Norwich City in 2013 but has made just one league appearance and spent most of his time away from the club during loan spells at Yeovil Town and Huddersfield.

Steering away from Villa Park

Steer would have hoped to get his long awaited opportunity last season with Mark Bunn and Pierluigi Gollini failing to convince but an Achilles injury in January killed his hopes.

Furthermore, Villa have now re-signed Sam Johnstone on a season-long loan from Manchester United, meaning the perennial back-up needs to leave to ensure first-team football next season.

Aston Villa's Jed Steer during the warm upSteer played 22 times for Huddersfield in 2015/16

Although it appears Charlton Athletic will give him that chance with London News Online reporting that The Addicks are interested in a loan deal for the shot-stopper.

The report adds that Villa will let Steer leave in order to pursue regular minutes and his hopes will be boosted by the fact that Charlton have only one senior goalkeeper, Dillon Phillips, on their books.

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