The host of Championship clubs have registered interest in Arsenal starlet Chuba Akpom, who could be allowed to leave on loan during January transfer window in order to regain fitness after injury.
the England Under-21 international has been hit with a couple of injuries this season and could use regular playing time in the second part of the season to help him restore his form and physicality.
Akpom last appeared for Arsenal in the EFL Cup match against Nottingham Forest, but the latest back problem ruled him out of action for three months.
According to the Birmingham Mail, Championship side Aston Villa appear to be leading the line for the 21-year-old forward.
Steve Bruce is well familiar with the qualities of the Arsenal striker, having already worked with Akpom at Hull City last season and is considering a move for the player who is regarded as a quality addition to the team.
Akpom scored seven goals for the Tigers last season, helping the club secure Premier League promotion and Steven Bruce is hoping that Arsenal starlet could have a similar impact on promotion-chasing Aston Villa.
The Villans will be hoping to wrap up a loan deal for Akpom as soon as possible as the club is currently struggling in the striking department without their key striker Jonathan Kodjia.
Ivory Coast international is out with his country at the Africa Cup of Nations and although he will be soon returning to England, his team have struggled without him as they failed to find the net in three of their last four matches.
Aston Villa are currently sitting in 13th place in the Championship table, with 36 points after 27 rounds.
Although their Premier League dream is as good as dead, the Villans are keen to make certain squad additions and try to make a huge push towards the top of the standings.