Aston Villa are interested in taking Danny Drinkwater on loan from Chelsea when his Burnley deal expires, according to reports.
The former Leicester midfielder struggled to make an impact during two years at Stamford Bridge, and it was hoped that a six-month loan deal with Burnley would help get his career back on track.
The move has not gone to plan, though, with his league debut being delayed due to an injury picked up outside a nightclub in September.
He finally made his Burnley bow in league action against Manchester City at the start of December, but has not featured since, and with his loan expiring on 6th January, it appears he will be moving elsewhere rather than extending his stay at Turf Moor.
According to Sky Sports News, Aston Villa have identified Drinkwater as potential cover for John McGinn, who has been ruled out for a number of months with a fractured ankle.
Villa assistant manager John Terry is ready to use his good relationship with former teammate and current Chelsea manager Frank Lampard to persuade the Blues to lend them Drinkwater until the end of the season.
The three-time England international has two-and-a-half years left on his Chelsea contract still, but is in desperate need of finding regular gametime elsewhere – and Villa may be the club to provide him it.