Aston Villa will surely need to be promoted to sign Sam Johnstone from Manchester United

Sam Johnstone of Aston Villa (L) saves a shot from Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur (R) during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at White...

Aston Villa have signed Sam Johnstone on loan from Manchester United.

Villa keeper Sam Johnstone in action  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St James' Park on February 20, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Aston Villa’s chances of signing Sam Johnstone now surely rely on them being promoted to the Premier League.

Johnstone has been valued at £6.5 million by Manchester United according to The Sun.

Johnstone has impressed at Championship level while on loan at Villa this season, and the Red Devils are now looking for a sizeable fee for the English stopper.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Sam Johnstone celebrates his team's opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Aston Villa at Pirelli Stadium on September 26, 2017...

Villa are already known to be looking to bring Johnstone in permanently, but they surely won’t be able to afford that transfer unless they are in the Premier League.

The claret and blues are already battling against Financial Fair Play, and paying £6.5 million for a goalkeeper, would be an unwise move if they are a Championship club.

Sam Johnstone of Aston Villa (L) saves a shot from Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur (R) during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at White...

The claret and blues would have no problems affording the fee if they were in the Premier League, though.

And Steve Bruce may now be relying on his side to get promoted, if he is to be able to bring in Johnstone in a permanent deal in the summer.

Villa are currently in third place in the Championship table, four points away from the automatic promotion spots. 

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