Once targeted by Birmingham, could Marcus Maddison end up at Aston Villa?

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.

Championship relegation battlers Birmingham City turned down Marcus Maddison, who is now on the radar of local rivals Aston Villa.

Marcus Maddison of Peterborough scores his penalty during the penalty shootout in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round replay match between Peterborough United and West Bromwich Albion at ABAX...

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce ‘absolutely loves’ Peterborough United winger Marcus Maddison.

At least, that is according to Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony, in quotes reported by the Birmingham Mail.

With Villa legend Brian Little travelling down to London Road to watch Maddison on a number of occasions last season, it seems that MacAnthony might be right.

And, according to Peterborough’s head honcho, Bruce’s admiration for the former Gateshead starlet was only amplified as he inspired a 3-1 win away to Villa in the third round of the FA Cup earlier this month.

As it stands, Maddison has set up more goals than any other player (13) in the whole of the Football League this season.

Matt Crooks of Northampton Town attempts to move forward with the ball away from the challenge of Marcus Maddison of Peterborough United during the Sky Bet League One match between...

So while Villa do not have the funds to target a deal for the 23-year-old now, thanks to Financial Fair Play, do not rule out the Midlands rivals making a move if they are promoted or manage to sell a couple of their fringe players such as Ross McCormack or Tommy Elphick.

Maddison, however, could already be playing his football in England’s second city.

MacAnthony adds that then-Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp had the chance to sign a player the Peterborough chairman rates as the best play-maker outside the Premier League on a cut-price deal.

Steve Bruce the Hull City managerand Harry Redknapp the QPR manager look on Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Hull City at Loftus Road on August 16, 2014 in...

But Redknapp passed up the chance and, with the Blues stuck at the wrong end of the table, that decision looks a bad one in hindsight.

Although with Bruce’s admiration clear, could Villa make Birmingham pay?

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