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