Championship outfit eye move for Villa backup player.
Championship side Derby County are eyeing up a potential move for out-of-favour Aston Villa winger Marc Albrighton in January, according to the rumour mill of the Birmingham Mail.
The move to the second tier of English football would signal a real step down for the 23-year-old attacker, who was once considered one of Villa’s best young prospects when he first broke onto the scene in the 2010/11 season, scoring 6 goals in all competitions and looking like an all-round dangerous and skillful winger.
However, Albrighton made only nine Premier League appearances last term under new manager Paul Lambert, and is yet to feature for the team so far this season, as they have brought in new signings on the flanks, such as promising Bulgarian international Aleksandar Tonev, a summer purchase from Polish side Lech Poznan.
Albrighton could be a useful addition for Derby manager Nigel Clough though, as he faces the very real possibility of in-demand starlet Will Hughes leaving for the Premier League when the transfer window re-opens in January.
The talented 18-year-old midfielder has been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City and Newcastle, and the Championship club know they face a fight to hold on to their prized asset.