Aston Villa would love to sign Sam Johnstone on a permanent deal from Manchester United at the end of the season.
But with the on-loan goalkeeper valued at £6.5 million, per The Sun, Villa boss Steve Bruce will be fully aware that their hopes rest on promotion.
Villa did not spend a penny in the January transfer window due to Financial Fair Play restrictions and, if they are still in the Championship next season, the prospect of spending £6.5 million on a single player would look nigh-on impossible.
Promotion to the Premier League, and all the riches that entails, would fund a deal for Johnstone but the 1-0 defeat to Bolton on Saturday, which leaves Aston Villa seven points adrift of second place Cardiff City, means they will most likely have to go through the mill of the play-offs.
Back up option?
The 35-year-old former Liverpool glovesman won the Eredivisie title with the Rotterdam giants last season, ending an 19-year-old wait for a league crown, and was named the Dutch top flight’s best goalkeeper too.
With promotion far from guaranteed, it makes sense for Villa to plan for the worst case scenario, and interest in Jones could be exactly that.
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