Middlesbrough should try to scupper Aston Villa’s move for Snodgrass

According to the Daily Star, Aston Villa are targeting another loan move for West Ham United winger Robert Snodgrass, but Middlesbrough should try to beat them to it.

What’s the word?

The loan market closes in just over two weeks’ time, which gives Championship clubs an opportunity to nab some of the Premier League’s fringe players.

The Daily Star reports that Villa manager Steve Bruce is targeting Snodgrass, who spent last season on loan at the Midlands outfit.

It looks as though the Scotland international will not figure much in Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham side, which could leave him open to a transfer.

Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis is also looking to strengthen his side further before the loan market closes, and midfield is an area that needs extra personnel.

Why should Boro target Snodgrass?

Not much time would be needed for the winger to settle in given that he is experienced in Championship football.

Last season, the 30-year-old, who is valued at £6.3m by Transfermarkt, scored eight goals and created 13 assists in 43 outings for Villa.

After losing Adama Traore, Boro could do with some creativity on the wings – a player who can provide service to Jordan Hugill.

The downside is that Snodgrass is already familiar with Villa, and therefore might be more comfortable moving back to the Midlands, but Boro should still be part of the conversation.