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Deadline Day Deal: Aston Villa bring in striker depth

Reports: Lewis Grabban joins on loan from Bournemouth

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Lewis Grabban is a deadline day deal coming in from Bournemouth on a loan for the rest of the campaign. The 30-year-old striker spent the first half the season on loan to Sunderland and the parent club had reportedly been trying to find a permanent deal for him. Sounds like they have agreed to terms with the on-form Aston Villa -- but we are still awaiting official confirmation (from either the club or Dr Tony Xia).

Grabban found the net 12 times in 19 Championship matches playing for Sunderland. Many had been calling for striker depth to be added in January with with Kodjia still out.

Scott Hogan earlier this month publicly said Bruce didn’t need to bring in a new goal-scorer because the Irishman had found his feet. I love the confidence — but the smart move was making sure that a backup plan was in place because if promotion comes down to the final weeks — and Hogan were to go out — Villa would have been left with two young options in Keinan Davis and Rushian Hepburn-Murphy. Hogan has earned his starting role and will likely keep the spot.