Aston Villa look to beat West Ham and Southampton to signing of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with Chelsea midfielder set to leave on loan before the transfer window closes
- Aston Villa are pushing to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 24, on loan from Chelsea
- Both Southampton and West Ham are also interested in signing the midfielder
- Having already spent £85m, Dean Smith is only keen to complete a loan deal
Villa head coach Dean Smith wants to bolster his midfield options before the transfer deadline on October 5.
Having already spent £85million in this window, the club are now only interested in signing players on loan – specifically looking at Loftus-Cheek and Ross Barkley.
Aston Villa are pushing to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 24, on loan from Chelsea this summer
However, having already spent £85million, Dean Smith is only keen to complete a loan deal
Despite an interest in both players, the league regulations stipulate that only one loan can take place between the same two Premier League clubs.
Given that Loftus-Cheek was left out of Frank Lampard’s squad for their game against Liverpool on Sunday, Villa are said to be prioritising the 24-year-old this summer.
Villa fans are said to be excited about the prospect of the 10-capped England international joining their side.
Villa fans are said to be excited about the 10-capped England international joining their club