Does Steve Bruce's transfer plan give clue that Josh Onomah could leave Aston Villa?

Steve Bruce manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Aston Villa at iPro Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Derby, England.

Tottenham Hotspur youngster Josh Onomah has been on loan at Villa so far this season.

Marko Grujic of Liverpool watches his header hit the back of the net for his team's fourth goal during the International Champions Cup match between Liverpool and Barcelona at Wembley...

According to a report in the Liverpool Echo, Aston Villa are lining up a bid for Liverpool’s Marko Grujic, and that could hint that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Josh Onomah is set to exit in January.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that he is able to recall Onomah in January, should he feel Spurs need the youngster.

Steve Bruce now appears to be covering for that possibility already.

Josh Onomah of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Aston Villa at St Andrews (stadium) on October 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Villa are already reportedly making a move for Liverpool youngster Grujic, and he could be a direct replacement for Onomah.

Grujic is naturally a central midfielder, but he is comfortable going forward and playing as a creative influence.

Onomah has been given exactly the role at Villa, for the most part, with the Spurs loanee being used regularly.

Josh Onomah of Aston Villa scores his team's 4th goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Burton Albion and Aston Villa at Pirelli Stadium on September 26, 2017 in Burton-upon-...

Onomah hasn’t been in particularly great form of late, but he has shown glimpses of quality during his time at Villa Park, and Spurs may feel that the 20-year-old could inject some quality in to their squad in the second half of the campaign.

And Bruce’s transfer plans may just hint act he feels Onomah could leave in the near future.

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