Aston Villa Still Keen On Chelsea Striker – Bruce Hopeful On Deal

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Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is still hopeful of landing Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham on a season-long loan deal reports the Daily Mail.

After the Football League lifted the transfer embargo placed on the club, Villa signed four players. Two permanent deals were completed for John McGinn and Orjan Nyland while Andre Moreira and Axel Tuanzebe joined on loan deals from Atletico Madrid and Manchester United respectively.

With a little under a fortnight of the transfer window remaining, Bruce is keen to complete more loan deals at the Villans attempt to secure promotion to the Premier League.

20-year-old Abraham spent last season on loan at Swansea City, having previously starred for Bristol City in the Championship, where he scored 26 goals in 48 appearances.

Bruce admitted the instructions from his board is to reduce the age of his squad.

“The owners have preached from the start that we want a younger outlook so we can grow and get better. That always takes time.

“I think it’s fair to say, that because of the financial restrictions we had last year, we were ageing. We had to get frees and loan players.

“You aren’t going to get many 23 or 24-year-old’s in that bracket. That ageing squad nearly got us there [to promotion]. But the way forward, certainly, is to be more energetic – and we want the players to be ours.

“The remit going forward is to be younger and fresher. We need them to be permanent signings, though, really rather than putting the stick and plaster over it like we have done in the past 12 months or so.”