Aston Villa are hoping to sign a new central midfielder before tomorrow’s deadline and Nathaniel Chalobah is their latest target.
BBC Sport claims that Aston Villa will try to sign Chalobah on loan from Watford until the end of the season.
If they can pull this deal off, it could be a difference maker as Dean Smith attempts to bolster his squad ahead of a late play-off push.
Aston Villa have had a disappointing season so far but victory last weekend has left them 10th – just four points shy of the top six.
If Chalobah arrives, he could form a devastating central midfield partnership with John McGinn.
Scotland international McGinn has been a consistent performer for the Villans since his summer move from Hibernian but he needs help in midfield.
Aston Villa fans have been criticial of Mile Jedinak, Glenn Whelan, Conor Hourihane and Henri Lansbury so a new midfielder is needed.
Chalobah fits the bill perfectly, if Watford will allow him to move away on a temporary basis.
The 24-year-old is at the perfect age and he has all the physical attributes to shine as a box-to-box midfielder – or even as a centre-half.
Chalobah has nearly 150 senior appearances to his name already in his career, providing some experience in the middle for Smith’s men as well.
The once-capped England international can get his career back on track with a loan move, while providing a perfect short-term midfield option for Aston Villa.