Report: Aston Villa plotting loan bid for Swansea's Oli McBurnie

Manager of Aston Villa, Steve Bruce ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Aston Villa at Griffin Park on January 31, 2017 in Brentford, England.

Aston Villa are considering making a loan bid for Swansea City striker Oli McBurnie in January.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Cardiff City at Villa Park on November 26, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (print edition; 3rd December 2017; page 65), Aston Villa are plotting a loan bid for Swansea striker Oli McBurnie during the January transfer window.

Villa have made a very bright start to the season in the Championship. Following their 1-1 draw away at Leeds on Friday night, Steve Bruce's men sit fifth in the second tier and are unbeaten in their last four.

Oliver McBurnie of Swansea City (L) in action during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Liberty Stadium on April 5, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

The January window may be a crucial one for Bruce as he looks to try and give the side the best chance to capitalise on their current position, but The Sun on Sunday reports that he may not have the funds to make too many significant signings.

The Sun on Sunday (print edition; 3rd December 2017; page 65) reports that Bruce may attempt to use the loan market, and Swans forward McBurnie is one of the players who is on his radar.

Manager of Aston Villa, Steve Bruce ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Aston Villa at Griffin Park on January 31, 2017 in Brentford, England.

It has been a frustrating season for the 21-year-old at the Liberty Stadium, with just seven substitute appearances coming in the Premier League this term - while cumulatively, he has spent less than 90 minutes on the pitch in the top flight.

With the Swans struggling for goals this season, it may perhaps be a surprise if Paul Clement is particularly keen to let McBurnie go unless he manages to get a new striker in anyway as they look to get themselves out of trouble.

But Villa fans may not be particularly inspired by the links with the Scotland under-21 international - though he scored a brace for Swansea's under-23 side against Sunderland recently, and bagged a hat-trick against their Chelsea counterparts in October.

The Villans arguably need a reliable goalscorer with Jonathan Kodjia and Scott Hogan sidelined with injury, so a move for McBurnie may be a gamble given that all of his eight senior goals to date have come in League Two or the National League.

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