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Aston Villa have pulled out of the race to sign Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos in January, according to Football Insider.
The club had reportedly been considering a move for the striker, who has been talismanic for Rangers this season, scoring an impressive 25 goals in 28 games across all competitions.
His tally includes an impressive 13 goals from as many games across Europa League qualification and the group stages.
However, they are now only said to be interested in bringing in a frontman on loan or for a relatively cheap price.
This way of thinking would rule out a move for the Colombian, who is currently valued at over £20m by Rangers.
The stance Villa are taking could be seen as an indication of the confidence Dean Smith has in summer signing Wesley.
Unless the manager changed his formation, Morelos would be in direct competition with the 23-year-old for game time, but this development implies the Brazilian could be the club’s first-choice for the rest of the season.
Wesley is currently on a run of six league games without a goal contribution, having amassed five across the season so far.
However, it seems as though the focus could be on securing a back-up option for him, rather than a replacement, with Jonathan Kodjia and Keinan Davis their two current options for this role when fit.
In other news, Villa are showing a willingness to sell on of their attackers.