Aston Villa rival Derby County for winger; Celtic want Swansea City star; Leeds United transfer miss

Aston Villa rival Derby County for winger; Celtic want Swansea City star; Leeds United transfer miss

Unleash him on Small Heath – the Aston Villa view ahead of Birmingham City clash

According to Birmingham Live, Mile Jedinak could find himself in the starting lineup against Birmingham City on Sunday, November 25 amid Aston Villas injury crisis at the back. James Chester is a doubt ahead of the weekend clash after hobbling off for Wales during the international break.

Alan Hutton has deputised at centre-back this season, but he may be forced into playing left-back for Neil Taylor. Dean Smith has a selection headache in defence and may have to replicate the decisions his predecessor Steve Bruce made due to a lack of depth.

Tommy Elphick would have been in line to start in place of Chester had he not been loaned out to Hull City at the start of the season. Jordan Amavis summer sale also meant there was no secondary option at left-back should Taylor succumb to injury.

Bruce playing Jedinak at centre-back and Hutton on the left was widely criticised by supporters, but Smith might have to follow suit. The January transfer window will allow the Villa boss to strengthen in key areas, but hes force to use what he has currently.

Jedinak hasnt played for nearly two months, however, so there are fears he could be rusty for the important derby game. If Smith isnt convinced the midfielder can deliver in defence, he might be forced into a tactical change.

Leeds United and Aston Villa are targeting a move for Cardiff City attacker Kadeem Harris after the 25-year-old has been restricted to just four Premier League appearances this season. (The Sun)

Marcelo Bielsa has turned his turned his attentions towards Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton following the news of Jamal Blackmans fractured tibia on Friday afternoon. (TEAMTalk)

Meanwhile, Leeds summer target Moise Kean says he will let Juventus decide whether he should go out on loan in January. It is reported that the Whites had previously failed in a loan move for the 18-year-old. (TMW – Italian)

Aston Villa are also rivalling Swansea City for Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones and the report states the former Middlesbrough youth product has been a long-term target for the Midlands club. (Daily Mail)

On loan Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle has revealed he has thought about making his stay at West Bromwich Albion a permanent one. (BirminghamLive)

Bristol City are said to be interested in Sunderland top scorer Josh Maja, who has netted 10 times in League One so far. (Bristol Post)

Swansea City full-back Connor Roberts is being tracked by Celtic after missing out on Valencias Cristiano Piccini. (Daily Record)

Nottingham Forest and Norwich City are interested in signing QPR defender Angel Rangel, despite the 36-year-old only joining the West London club from Swansea in the summer. (Daily Mirror)

Blackburn Rovers are close to handing striker Danny Graham a new contract. The 33-year-old signed a new deal in the summer, however there is a clause to activate a one-year extension. (Lancashire Telegraph)

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