Birmingham City want Cameron Jerome, but is he Aston Villa's ideal signing?

Steve Bruce manager of Aston Villa shows his frustration during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Aston Villa at iPro Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Derby, England.

Cameron Jerome looks set to leave Norwich City with Championship trio Birmingham, Sunderland and Derby County linked; but what of Aston Villa?

Cameron Jerome of Norwich City celebrates at the final whistle during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Newcastle United at Carrow Road on April 2, 2016 in Norwich,...

Cameron Jerome’s goals might have dried up at Norwich City this season but his proven Championship track-record means there is no shortage of interest in the January transfer window.

The Sun claims that Norwich could sell the striker for £1.5 million this month in order to ease their wage bill, with Championship strugglers Sunderland and Birmingham City both keen, along with Gary Rowett’s promotion chasing Derby County.

You can see why Birmingham in particular would be interested. Jerome knows the club well, having fired them to two promotions in his first spell at St Andrews, and Steve Cotterill’s side are crying out for a goal-scorer having netted just 15 in the league all season – by far the lowest in the division.

Steve Cotterill, Manager of Birmingham looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at St Andrews Stadium on December 4, 2017 in...

Sunderland, too, are struggling at the wrong end of the table and may be in need of a striker with doubts surrounding the future of exit-linked James Vaughan and Lewis Grabban, whose parent-club Bournemouth can recall him from his loan spell at the Stadium of Light this month.

But Birmingham's Midland rivals Aston Villa should surely give Jerome some consideration too. After all, manager Steve Bruce has made no secret of his desire to add a proven Championship striker to his squad and though Villa are restricted by Financial Fair Play, a £1.5 million price-tag could still put Jerome within their reach.

Villa’s preference is to land a goal-scorer on loan, possibly Leo Ulloa, Danny Ings or Nahki Wells according to the Birmingham Mail, but Jerome’s record makes him a viable option.

Cameron Jerome of Norwich City celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Birmingham City at Carrow Road on January 28, 2017 in...

It was just last season that he netted 16 times in the second tier, after all, and he also scored on 18 occasions for Norwich during their 2014/15 promotion winning season, including in the play-off final against Middlesbrough.

Jerome is a player who has been there and done it before. And he should be on Villa’s radar as local rivals Birmingham attempt to pull off a deal.

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