As reported by The Mirror, Aston Villa are one of three clubs ready to hand Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick an escape route from Old Trafford.
Carrick has made just a single appearance for United this season, an EFL Cup match against Burton Albion, and it appears his time at the Red Devils is coming to an end with his contract due to expire at the end of the season.
The Mirror reckon that clubs will be in for him this coming January with West Bromwich Albion, Leicester City and Aston Villa all showing interest.
The paper say the player is desperate for more game time and while he has offered no signs he is willing to leave, these three clubs will monitor his role at United when he returns from injury.
Rated at £1.35m by Transfermarkt, is he a man that can boost Aston Villa’s hopes of escaping the Championship?
Michael Carrick may be 36 years of age, but as a player who has rarely relied on his pace to get to top of the game, he could still be an absolute gem for a team like Aston Villa.
With over 600 professional appearances to his name and dozens of caps for England, he has the experience and the class to provide Steve Bruce’s side with a significant midfield boost as they chase a play-off spot.
He’s an elite defensive midfielder who can cope with the physicality of the Championship, also possessing the vision and passing ability that could be a revelation in a division below.
If there’s any possibility of signing him at all, it’s something Villa must pursue.