Charlie Austin would be a brilliant signing for Aston Villa

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on April 17, 2017 in London, England.

Aston Villa are said to be interested in snapping up Southampton striker Charlie Austin in the summer.

Charlie Austin of Southampton celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Southampton at Vitality Stadium on December 3, 2017...

According to the Daily Mirror, Aston Villa are looking at signing Charlie Austin from Southampton in the summer, and he would be a wonderful addition to Steve Bruce’s squad.

If Villa are to be promoted then they will surely need to find a goalscorer, as there are question marks over all their current striking options.

Jonathan Kodjia’s fitness appears unreliable, Scott Hogan has scored only in patches, and Keinan Davis is still developing.

Charlie Austin of Southampton in action during the Premier League match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium on December 10, 2017 in Southampton, England.

Austin, though, is a proven goalscorer at Premier League level and would be a major upgrade on Villa’s current strikers.

The 28-year-old is Southampton’s top scorer this campaign, despite missing a chunk of it with injury.

Charlie Austin of Southampton scores the 3rd Southampton goal past Jordan Pickford of Everton during the Premier League match between Southampton and Everton at St Mary's Stadium on...

Austin has netted six goals in 17 appearances for the Saints, and his clinical finishing would make Villa a major threat.

Villa are likely to face major competition for Austin’s signature, but if they could get a deal over the line, it would arguably be their most exciting capture for a number of years - and Bruce should do everything in his power to bring the goalscorer to Villa Park.

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch