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Apparently Grant Holt wasn't enough; Aston Villa are now looking at Reading's Adam Le Fondre.

Chris Brunskill

Well, with Grant Holt and Ryan Bertrand in, all Aston Villa need to make this a successful January transfer window is... yet another striker? Despite the club's glaring need for a playmaking midfielder, rumours now have it that Aston Villa are looking at Reading striker Adam Le Fondre, who has scored 9 goals in 19 Championship appearances this season.

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Le Fondre has been with Reading since last season, and he scored 14 goals in all competition for the club while they were in the Premiership last year. Aston Villa have shown that they are in need of goals, but with Christian Benteke seemingly remembering that he has a foot and that he can use it, another striker at this point (to go with Gabby Agbonlahor, Grant Holt, Andi Weimann... etc. etc. etc.) seems superfluous.

That said, if this move happened, it would likely be permanent, unlike the Holt move. Le Fondre can probably be gotten relatively cheaply, and could be a piece for the future, as he's only 27 years old. I really don't think this is a necessary move at all, but for some reason it doesn't irk me in quite the way the Holt one did. Nevertheless, let's get a midfielder, can't we Paul Lambert? Pretty please?

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