Would Burnley's Nahki Wells be a backward step for Aston Villa?

Nahki Wells of Burnley takes a look around the pitch prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Burnley at Selhurst Park on January 13, 2018 in London, England.

Aston Villa have been linked with a move for the Burnley forward this month.

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on April 17, 2017 in London, England.

Steve Bruce will surely be looking to bolster his ranks at Villa Park before the transfer window slams shut, as he looks to guide his side back to the Premier League this season.

The Birmingham Mail claim that one of his targets is Burnley hitman Nahki Wells, with Leicester continuing to play hardball over Leonardo Ulloa.

Would the Clarets striker be an upgrade on what Bruce already his available to him though?

The obvious answer to that is no.

Nahki Wells of Huddersfield celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Brighton & Hove Albion at Galpharm Stadium...

The 27-year-old moved to Turf Moor from Huddersfield Town on transfer deadline day in the summer, for a fee believed to be worth in the region of £5 million, but he has really struggled for both form and confidence under Sean Dyche.

He has failed to make a single start for Burnley, and is still yet to score a goal or register an assist in the six substitute appearances he has made.

Nahki Wells of Huddersfield Town celebrates promotion to the Premier League as his team win the penalty shoot out after the Sky Bet Championship play off final between Huddersfield and...

Bruce has plenty of attacking options available to him, despite injuries to Jonathan Kodjia Gabby Agbonlahor, and with Scott Hogan now firing on all cylinders, the Villa boss should only be targeting an exceptional forward who can genuinely improve his team.

And it is highly doubtful that Wells would improve the Villa starting XI.

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