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Aston Villa’s Rushian Hepburn-Murphy will not be loaned to Coventry

After speculation that the young striker could be headed out on loan, the deal in the works looks dead.

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It looked earlier today as if 18-year-old striker Rushian Hepburn-Murphy would be headed out to Coventry City on a loan to get some regular playing time. Well, according to numerous sources (including the Birmingham Mail), that deal has fallen through as Aston Villa are keen to get RHM to sign a new contract before he goes anywhere else.

A move would have made a lot of sense for the striker, though, as he could desperately use some regular playing time. And with Rudy Gestede, Ross McCormack, Jonathan Kodjia (not to mention Jordan Ayew), all being ahead of him in the pecking order under Roberto Di Matteo, it’s going to be tough at Villa. But if this means that we get a new contract that will keep RHM around for years in the future, a couple of months will certainly be worth it.

And it’s worth noting that, for the first time in ages, there is no separate loan window after the transfer window closes. So unless something changes in the next three hours or so, we’ll have RHM around for the rest of 2016.