Report: Steve Bruce has wanted Leonardo Ulloa at Aston Villa for a year

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa smiles prior to The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at White Hart Lane on January 8, 2017 in London, England.

The future of Leonardo Ulloa at Premier League giants Leicester City remains uncertain but what is clear is that Steve Bruce wants him at Aston Villa.

Leonardo Ulloa of Leicester City shoots during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Leicester City and Club Atletico de Madrid at The King Power Stadium on...

Will Leonardo Ulloa be an Aston Villa player this time next month? As it stands, it appears that there is a lot of reasons why this transfer might not happen.

For one, Financial Fair Play restrictions are limiting Villa to short-term loans this month and how would Leicester possibly benefit by letting a 31-year-old leave on a temporary basis until the end of the season?

According to Marca, there are at least three La Liga clubs rivalling Villa for the former Almeria striker. And as reported by the Sun (11th January, page 50), Leicester are unlikely to let Ulloa go if they sell Islam Slimani this month.

Islam Slimani of Leicester City celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion at The King Power Stadium on...

Although Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce will be crossing his fingers and praying that the stars will align.

After all, Bruce has been attempting to bring Ulloa to the Midlands since at least last year, with this the third transfer window in succession that he has made the Argentine a target, as reported by the Birmingham Mail.

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

And with the Birmingham Mail stating that Ulloa is keen to leave the King Power Stadium after failing to start a league game all season, it suggests that he would be interested in a move to Villa Park. The question, however, is whether finances or the future of Slimani will render the deal impossible once again.

Yet if Villa do get their man at last, they will be signing a striker with a proven Championship record who scored one in two on average for Brighton between 2012 and 2014.

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