In January Aston Villa made a shrewd move by bringing in Lewis Grabban on loan from Bournemouth.
The talented striker had spent the first half of the season on loan at Sunderland. Despite his good form for the club, scoring 12 goals in 19 Championship appearances for the Black Cats.
With Sunderland looking doomed to their eventual relegation, Grabban was open to joining a different Championship team in the winter window. He did just that by heading to Aston Villa.
It has been an unbridled success so far for the 30-year-old striker. He has been in fine form for Villa since arriving at Villa Park, scoring seven goals in 13 appearances for Steve Bruce’s men.
Now, it is being reported by Birmingham Live, that Aston Villa are looking in to making his loan move a permanent one.
The report claims three loanees, Sam Johnstone, Robert Snodgrass and Grabban, will be targeted on permanent deals this summer.
Making a permanent move for Grabban would certainly be a wise move for Aston Villa, regardless of which division they end up playing in next season.
In the Championship there are not many strikers who can claim to be as big a threat as the Bournemouth loanee.
He has proven that this season, with a combined tally of 19 goals for both Sunderland and Aston Villa this season.
Of course, Bruce’s side is also chasing promotion. The Midlands side are assured of a place in the end of season play-offs and will be hoping to return to the Premier League.
Grabban is still to prove himself in the Premier League and if Aston Villa were to be promoted he could find himself with the perfect opportunity to do just that.
When Bournemouth signed Grabban from Norwich City it cost the Cherries a fee reported to be in the region of £8 million by the Daily Mail.
Given his form this season, the Premier League side will be looking to recoup as much of that fee as possible.
However, with just over a year left on his deal on the South Coast, Aston Villa will surely be able to get him for a bargain fee.
Doing so would be a good piece of business for Aston Villa. Finding someone to score you goals is never easy and, in Grabban, Aston Villa have just that.
They should not let him go.