Report: Aston Villa will let James Bree leave for Championship club this month

dSteve Bruce, manager of Aston Villa looks on uring the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Sunderland at Villa Park on November 21, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

James Bree has struggled for opportunities at Aston Villa since joining the Championship giants from Barnsley in the January 2017 transfer window.

Villa player Alan Hutton (r) challenges Mohamed Diame of Newcastle during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St James' Park on February 20, 2017 in...

Alan Hutton has been linked with a move away from Aston Villa this month, with Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis keen to make the 33-year-old his first signing on Riverside, according to The Mirror (live transfer blog, 08.45am).

But it appears that Villa boss Steve Bruce is more open to the departure of another of his right-backs this month. While Hutton has been a regular in the starting XI, the same cannot be said of James Bree who has found himself tumbling down to third in the pecking order behind the experienced Scot and summer signing Ahmed Elmohamady.

James Bree of Aston Villa during the Pre-Season Friendly between AFC Telford United and Aston Villa at New Bucks Head Stadium on July 12, 2017 in Telford, England.

Bree, who joined from Barnsley a year ago, has started just one league game all season.

And the Birmingham Mail states that Bruce is open to the idea of letting the 20-year-old leave on loan this month in order to get some much needed game-time under his belt. It is understood that the Midlands giants would rather farm the youngster out to a Championship club sitting lower down the table.

Such a move could prove an excellent one for all parties.

David Henen of Fleetwood Town is tackled by James Bree of Barnsley during the Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern section semi final second leg match between Fleetwood Town and Barnsley at...

Bree would get further experience in the second tier, having only played a few months of Championship football for Barnsley before being snapped up by Villa for a fee of around £3 million, as reported by the Birmingham Mail.

And with Hutton’s contract expiring in the summer, the hope will be that Bree can return to Villa Park ready to replace the long-serving veteran.

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