Report: Aston Villa plan bid for Chiedozie Ogbene but Brentford lead chase

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.

Limerick attacker Chiedozie Ogbene has taken Ireland by storm and could be handed a chance in England with Aston Villa or Brentford.

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.

One of the most exciting prospects in Irish football could be set to make the short trip across the sea this month.

The Irish Examiner claimed in late 2017 that jet-heeled Limerick winger Chiedozie Ogbene had caught the eye of the Championship giants after an excellent breakthrough season.

The 20-year-old, who recently had trials with Premier League champions Chelsea, may not represent an immediate improvement to Villa’s starting XI but he is a real future prospect who would add to a promising crop of attacking youngsters at Villa Park, including Keinan Davis (below), Andre Green and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy.

Keinan Davis of Aston Villa celebrates scoring the 1st goal during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Aston Villa and Peterborough United at Villa Park on January 6, 2018 in...

But according to GetWestLondon, Ogbene to Villa is far from a done deal. Because it is understood that Brentford are leading the chase to sign the jet-heeled forward with his contract at Limerick set to expire at the end of this season.

The Bees are yet to enter the transfer market this month though Emiliano Marcondes did eventually make the move to Griffin Park, his signing having been announced back in the summer.

Although if Brentford get their man, it will be some degree of revenge for Villa snatching their star striker, Scott Hogan, one year ago.

Scott Hogan of Brentford misses a penalty during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Brentford at St Andrews Stadium on January 2, 2017 in Birmingham, England

There are clearly bigger fish to fry for Villa this month with The Telegraph reporting that Steve Bruce wants to bring in Leicester City duo Leonardo Ulloa and Daniel Amartey on loans.

But if Ogbene becomes the latest promising youngster to develop into a real Championship talent at Brentford, like Hogan, Romain Sawyers and Ollie Watkins, Villa may end up kicking themselves for failing to get the deal done.

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