Aston Villa boss Dean Smith identifies John McGinn replacement in January window

Aston Villa are reportedly interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater on loan in the January transfer window.

Drinkwater is currently on loan at Burnley but has featured only twice in all competitions for the Clarets this season.

An injured ankle meant he missed several weeks of football in September after being attacked by a gang of men while outside a Manchester nightclub.

And it is unlikely that Burnley boss Sean Dyche will look to extend the deal, even though he has the option to do so once the transfer window opens on January 1.

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And, according to Sky Sports Midlands reporter Rob Dorsett, Villa are interested in taking on the midfielder.

Boss Dean Smith reportedly wants cover for the injured John McGinn and could look to the 29-year-old for help.

McGinn is set for months on the sideline after suffering a fractured ankle injury in the defeat to Southampton earlier this month.

It was initially feared that the Scot man could miss the rest of his maiden Premier League season, but should return to help Villa’s battle against the drop.

Aston Villa are interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater on loan
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Aston Villa’s John McGinn has been ruled out for months through injury
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Dorsett tweeted on Tuesday: “#avfc interested in taking #cfc midfielder Danny Drinkwater on loan, I’m told. Smith wants Prem experience to cover for John McGinn injury. #burnley have first option to extend Drinkwater loan, but Dyche unlikely to do so, after he played just 60mins of Prem football so far.”

Villa assistant manager John Terry still has a close friendship with Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, so his influence could be key in helping a deal over the line.

A Premier League title winner with Leicester City, Drinkwater made a £40m move to Chelsea in 2017 but failed to shine.

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