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Villa looking at Leicester’s Ulloa and Amartey as Bruce seeks reinforcements

| 11.01.2018

Villans seek Midlands rivals help

Steve Bruce has reportedly asked to take Leicester City’s Leonardo Ulloa and Daniel Amartey on loan.

The Championship club are currently fifth in the table, just five points off the second automatic promotion spot.

Villa boss Bruce is keen to bring the duo in and reinvigorate his squad ahead of the league run-in. The Villans have been without star striker Jonathan Kodjia for the majority of the season.

And with Scott Hogan failing to suit Bruce’s game-plan, the team have relied on 19-year-old rookie Keinan Davis to lead the line.

The West Midlands outfit have long been linked with Ulloa, tracking the 31-year-old in the previous three windows.

The Coral News Team feel Ulloa would certainly suit Bruce’s style of play with his ability to hold the ball up and bring others into play. 

The Argentine scores goals, too. He managed 23 in 47 starts for Brighton and Hove Albion. And he’s also has bagged 18 in 39 for the Foxes.

Leicester are reportedly unsure on letting the big front-man go at the minute with significant interest in their other target man, Islam Slimani.

Any deal for Ulloa is likely to come near the end of the window, but his addition would certainly be a huge plus for Villa. And it would most definitely take the goalscoring burden off young Davis.

Daniel Amartey is also on Villa’s radar. The Ghana international has struggled for consistent game time at the King Power Stadium since signing for £5m in January 2016.

The powerful 23-year-old is versatile and can play solidly at both right-back and midfield. That adaptability will be high up on Bruce’s priorities when it comes to new players.

Villa have struggled from injuries this season with a number of senior stars suffering from enforced long-term absences.

A couple of savvy new signings will be vital if their bid to return to the Premier League next season is successful.

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