Report: Aston Villa and Sunderland go head-to-head for prolific Jack Marriott

Chris Coleman, manager of Sunderland and Steve Bruce, manager of Aston Villa shake hands ahead of during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Sunderland at Villa Park on...

Jack Marriott's 17 goals for League One Peterborough United has attracted the attention of Championship trio Aston Villa, QPR and Sunderland.

Jack Marriott of Peterborough United looks to the ball watched by Aaron Pierre of Northampton Town during the Checkatrade Trophy match between Peterborough United and Northampton Town at...

Jack Marriott’s flying form at Peterborough United has not gone unnoticed. The striker has 17 goals in 30 games for The Posh in 2017/18 and signs are suggesting that he could soon follow in the footsteps of Dwight Gayle and Britt Assombalonga and get his chance at a higher level.

According to The Mail, Championship trio Aston Villa, Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers are all tracking Marriott’s progress while Peterborough may be willing to listen to offers of around £2.5 million.

All three second tier clubs are in need of a new striker in January. Aston Villa have lost Jonathan Kodjia (below) to injury for the next few months while Scott Hogan has also failed to fire since moving from Brentford at the start of 2017.

Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa scores his sides first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Norwich City at Villa Park on April 1, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

This has put a lot of pressure on Keinan Davis, the teenage striker with just two league goals to his name so far.

Sunderland, meanwhile, are facing up to life without 11-goal top scorer Lewis Grabban. The on-loan striker can be recalled by parent club Bournemouth in the January transfer window and his strike partner, James Vaughan, has scored twice all season.

And QPR have a smattering of decent forwards but no one really capable of scoring goals at a regular basis in the Championship. Matt Smith, Idrissa Sylla and Conor Washington could all struggle to hit double figures this season so you can see why the quick and instinctive Marriott is on their radar.

Jack Marriott of Peterborough United in action during the Checkatrade Trophy match between Peterborough United and Northampton Town at The Abax Stadium on October 3, 2017 in Peterborough,...

But with Villa and QPR under pressure from Financial Fair Play, and Sunderland ranked as one of the most in-debt clubs in European football, it remains to be seen who would be willing, or able, to take a punt on Marriott for £2.5 million.

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