The Athletic have claimed that Wayne Rooney’s Derby County are one of five Championship clubs interested in signing Aston Villa attacker Keinan Davis on loan this month – with the striker lacking in game time.
Davis, 22, is currently playing back-up to Ollie Watkins with the likes of Wesley, Ross Barkley and Trezeguet all sidelined. But those three players are close to a return, and Davis might fall down the pecking order further.
The England Under-20 international, who has scored just five goals in 74 appearances for Villa – though many have come from the bench or out wide – is attracting plenty of interest from England’s second tier.
Rooney wants Davis at Derby, with the interim manager looking to bolster his attacking ranks. Preston, Stoke, Huddersfield and Swansea are also keen on Davis – who is earning a whopping £45,000 a week at Villa (Spotrac).
TBR’s view – Villa must be patient, but Davis needs a loan
Davis must not be allowed to leave until Villa have cover. That means that although he needs game time and a loan to the Championship would be perfect, the Midlands side must delay a move until Wesley returns.
The powerful Brazilian is said to have returned to training and is edging closer to a return. But until he is fit and available to take a place on the bench, Villa must keep Davis at the club – even if it jeopardizes a move.