West Bromwich Albion should avoid making a move for Aston Villa's Alan Hutton

Floyd Ayite of Fulham and Alan Hutton of Aston Villa in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on April 17, 2017 in London, England.

West Bromwich Albion are said to be considering making a move for Aston Villa's Alan Hutton in the summer.

Floyd Ayite of Fulham and Alan Hutton of Aston Villa in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on April 17, 2017 in London, England.

According to a report in the Sunday Mirror (15/04, page 61), West Bromwich Albion are set to make a move for Aston Villa’s Alan Hutton, but they surely need to show more invention.

West Brom are looking to put together a squad that can get them back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, and there is no questions over Hutton’s quality at Championship level.

But Hutton is now 33-years-old, and he has only played a rotational role at Villa this season.

Alan Hutton of Aston Villa during the pre season friendly match between Aston Villa and Watford  at Villa Park on July 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Hutton may be available on a free transfer, but West Brom fans would have a hard time getting excited over the addition of the Scottish international.

The Baggies surely need to start showing some creativity, to increase the optimism around the Hawthorns.

Aalan Hutton of Aston Villa and Isaac Success of Watford during the pre season friendly match between Aston Villa and Watford  at Villa Park on July 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

By signing Hutton, West Brom may have a solid option for a season, but he would only be a short-term fix.

And the Baggies would be far better off looking for a younger alternative, who they could develop over the years ahead, rather than going for Hutton in the summer.

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch