Aston Villa target loan move for Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater in January

Danny Drinkwater has had a disappointing time at Burnley (Picture: Getty Images)

Aston Villa are interested in taking Danny Drinkwater on loan from Chelsea in the January transfer window as his spell at Burnley looks to be at an end.

The England international has had a forgettable time on loan at Turf Moor, making just one Premier League appearance since arriving in the summer.

The Clarets have the option to extend his temporary deal beyond 1 January, but given the fact he has played just 59 minutes in the league this season, that seems very unlikely.

Sky Sports report that Villa are looking to pounce on the situation and despite his desperate lack of game time, bring him to the club for the second half of the campaign.

Dean Smith’s side are short in midfield after John McGinn suffered a fractured ankle that will keep him out for around three months.

Drinkwater is seen as an ideal short-term replacement for the Scot and brings plenty of Premier League experience to the side, although precious little from the last two years.

Villa assistant manager John Terry has close links with Chelsea and their boss Frank Lampard, which should make any deal easy to do.

Drinkwater has had an unsuccessful time at Chelsea (Picture: Getty Images)

The 29-year-old signed for Chelsea from Leicester in the summer of 2017 for £35m but has made just 12 league appearances for the Blues since the big-money move, not appearing at all in the Premier League over the 2018-19 season.

The move to Burnley offered him a chance to get regular Premier League football again but he has not been able to take it.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche said of Drinkwater earlier in December: ‘He has had a spell out but I think he is generally enjoying what we have to offer here.

‘Obviously he wants more game time but he understands that, having missed so long, that that is a process.

‘Chelsea I think are happy with what he is trying to achieve here and he is working hard. We will wait and see.

‘Because he hasn’t played so much we will take the thinking over the Christmas period because you never know what could change with a chunk of games coming up.

‘We will see if he can get himself a shirt and play well for us.’

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