Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is currently plying his trade out in Turkey with Trabzonspor after being released this summer.
Turkish outlet Fanatik report that Villa are interested in the Englishman as they seek to boost their firepower going into the final few days of the transfer window.
They report that Villa face competition from Russian outfits CSKA and Lokomotiv Moscow if they wish to sign the hitman, who was born in Birmingham.
The report says that the Turkish club don’t ideally want to let Sturridge leave, but his injury record and his wage packet mean they would be open to a good offer.
Rumours are swirling at this time of year and the report indicates it would take an awful lot of movement in order for Sturridge to become a Villa player before the window slams shut.
Plenty of Villa fans on Twitter hope the news isn’t true, with one or two online saying they don’t believe the report flat out anyway.
Sturridge’s injury record was the main concern for many fans, which is understandable given that his talent has seldom been in doubt during his career, but he has struggled badly to get a consistent run of games under his belt.
They should pay us 5m to take him
— No Context Aston Villa (@NoContextAVFC_) January 27, 2020
5 million to who the NHS
— NoelAV1874 (@Noelmurray19) January 27, 2020
— maurice newton (@villamozz) January 27, 2020
beggars can't be choosers
— Villatom91 (@villatom91) January 27, 2020
Should we send an ambulance to pick him up?
— @thecyrell (@thecyrell) January 27, 2020
Just arriving for his medical pic.twitter.com/LKkUjQFDG6
— sam neville hubball (@samNhubball) January 27, 2020
Is that for his hospital bill??
— Daniel Irvine©️ (@danirvine7) January 27, 2020
Another 24 carot gold BS story
— Peter Wall (@1966wall) January 27, 2020
Literally could have got him on a free in the summer…
— Fraz (@MrFrazzT) January 27, 2020
Better not have
— AVFC_UTV_ (@AVFC_UTV_) January 27, 2020
— Andrew Swallow (@swallow_andrew) January 27, 2020
Zero chance that. Injury prone, high wages and no resale value.
— Conor Mulrennan (@conormul) January 27, 2020
— joe (@Frostyz___) January 27, 2020
— Nathan Stevens (@NathanStevens02) January 27, 2020
Obviously in a perfect world, he'd be injury free and provide some value in our weakest position…However, history tends to repeat itself on injuries…
— Brent (@BrentakaSicKo) January 27, 2020
I honestly get behind any player we sign… This, I couldn't do.
— Andy THKF (@Andy_BITW) January 27, 2020
— Hatter (@HatterHQ) January 27, 2020
Please no waste of money. On his day looks great with so much potential but injury prone. Looks overweight to me too. To risky for me.
— Andy Taylor (@AndyTails) January 27, 2020