As their promotion push intensifies, Aston Villa have taken an interest in signing Queens Park Rangers midfielder Massimo Luongo, as per SBS.
Steve Bruce must have one eye on the Premier League next season and the Australian international is a player who would do well in the top flight, such is his technical ability.
The report states that the West Midlands side will face competition from Premier League outfit Crystal Palace and La Liga side Malaga if they are to secure the signature of the man valued at just £4.05m by Transfermarkt.
Luongo has two years left to run on his Loftus Road contract, but R’s director of football Les Ferdinand is resigned to losing him when he adds goals to his game – and he has four in his last six matches.
Still just 25, he has time on his side as well and if he impresses at the World Cup in the summer, his value is surely only going to go one way.
Luongo is one of the best midfielders in the Championship, no question about it, and it has long since been clear that he would not be out of depth at a higher level.
Bruce faces competition from sides in the top flight at home and abroad. That’s an indication of his quality and I firmly expect him to show that in the World Cup.
Villa will likely need to be a Premier League team themselves if they are to snare the Australian but that is where they want to be in any case.
The midfield options Bruce has at his disposal are – Jack Grealish aside – more workmanlike than creative but Luongo would change all that and would hope to strike up a good relationship with the local-born playmaker.