Aston Villa should target young striker rather than Wednesday's Rhodes

Jordan Rhodes of Sheffield Wednesday  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday at DW Stadium on February 3, 2017 in Wigan, England.

Aston Villa need another striker but should steer clear of Sheffield Wednesday's Jordan Rhodes.

Aston Villa's search for a new striker has led them to Sheffield Wednesday's Jordan Rhodes, according to the Daily Mail, a man they previously tried to sign in January.

As the Birmingham Mail reports, Villa looked to land Rhodes earlier in 2017, but refused to pay the 27-year-old's then club Middlesbrough the £10m asking price and instead signed Scott Hogan from Brentford.

Aston Villa players celebrate their first goal, scored by Scott Hogan (3rd R), during the Carabao Cup First Round match between Colchester United and Aston Villa at Colchester Community...Aston Villa players celebrate their first goal, scored by Scott Hogan (3rd R), during the Carabao Cup First Round match against Colchester United.

The forward joined Wednesday on loan, a deal which became permanent this summer, yet he could be leaving Hillsborough already after a difficult time that has seen him score just three goals in 21 appearances.

Yet manager Steve Bruce has not given up hope of signing Rhodes, despite the fact the former Boro man is likely to be an expensive acquisition and the Villans are currently trying carefully not to breach Financial Fair Play rules.

They would need to offload Ross McCormack - who is nearing a switch to Sunderland according to the Chronicle - first, but moving on one expensive attacker and signing another makes little sense, especially when Bruce already has Hogan and Jonathan Kodjia at his disposal.

Three striker options are definitely required in the squad to accommodate the Birmingham side's preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, but perhaps an ambitious youngster with something to prove would be a better third choice, rather than another experienced figure who will want high wages and plenty of game time.

Southampton starlet Sam Gallagher has previously been linked with Bruce's men by the Birmingham Mail and someone like the 21-year-old - who scored 11 Championship goals while on loan at Blackburn Rovers last season - would be a far better option than Rhodes.

Jordan Rhodes of Sheffield Wednesday  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Sheffield Wednesday at DW Stadium on February 3, 2017 in Wigan, England.Jordan Rhodes of Sheffield Wednesday.

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