Reported Aston Villa target Christoph Monschein open to leaving Austria

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith celebrates following the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa and Derby County at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2019 in London, United...

Aston Villa need a goalscorer and Austria Vienna's Christoph Monschein could potentially save them from the Premier League drop.

Christoph Monschein of Austria Wien celebrates after scoring a goal during the tipico Bundesliga match between Spusu SKN St. Poelten and FK Austria Wien at NV Arena on October 20, 2019 in...

Aston Villa have been handed a timely boost in pursuit of £4.5 million January target Christoph Monschein with the prolific Austria Vienna striker admitting that he is open to a move abroad in the near future, speaking to Laola1.

Since Sport24 claimed in late November that Dean Smith’s Premier League newcomers were keen to hand Monschein his big break in England, the 27-year-old’s future has been a much-discussed topic in Austria.

Vienna’s sporting director, the former Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Stoger, admitted to Sky that there has been no shortage of requests, though he would be ‘super happy’ to hang onto a striker with 16 league goals to his name this season.

 

And Stoger will not have been too thrilled to hear Monschein admit that a move to another European league is on the agenda with the January transfer window now just weeks away.

"If everything really fits and it would be a step forward, then I would like to do that (move abroad)," the former Admira Wacker forward admitted.

Christoph Monschein of Austria Wien during the tipico Bundesliga match between Wolfsberger AC and FK Austria Wien at Lavanttal-Arena on September 15, 2019 in Wolfsberg, Austria.

With a hat-trick last time out in a 5-1 thrashing of Hartberg, Monschein is actually leading the much-coveted Erling Braut Haaland of Red Bull Salzburg in the Golden Boot race as it stands.

And as long as Wesley Moraes continues to toil at the tip of Aston Villa’s attack, speculation over a move for a number nine in the form of his life is unlikely to stop any time soon.

Christoph Monschein of Austria Wien and Philipp Wiesinger of LASK during the tipico Bundesliga match between LASK and Austria Wien at Raiffeisen Arena on November 03, 2019 in Pasching,...

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