Aston Villa are interested in signing Leicester City pair Leonardo Ulloa and Daniel Amartey on loan for the rest of the season, according to the Telegraph.

Villa manager Steve Bruce is unable to sign players on a permanent deal this month due to financial fair play restrictions and has earmarked Ulloa and Amartey as two priority loan signings.

Bruce has in particular made signing a new striker top of his list this month, with star man Jonathan Kodjia ruled out for the season. Both Keinan Davis and Scott Hogan have led the line in his absence, but their inconsistent goal scoring form has tempted Bruce into beefing up his forward line.

Ulloa has found game time hard to come by this season. Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki have been in impressive form, whilst big money signings Kelechi Iheanacho and Islam Slimani are also competing for a spot in the Foxes squad.

The former Brighton striker only signed a new deal in the summer but is believed to be keen on a move away from the King Power this month in order to gain more regular game time.

Meanwhile, Daniel Amartey’s versatility has attracted Bruce into making a move for the Ghanaian. Amartey primarily operates as a holding midfielder but can also play at right back and has filled in for injured Leicester defender Danny Simpson in recent weeks.

Amartey was signed by former boss Claudio Ranieri in January 2016 but has also found regular playing time hard to come by in his favoured midfield role.

Big money additions Wilfred Ndidi, Vicente Iborra and Adrien Silva are all currently ahead of the 23-year old in Claude Puel’s plans, leaving the door open for a move away.

Leicester are reportedly keen on Villa negotiating a deal which makes the moves permanent in the summer, but with the current financial fair play restrictions upon the club a loan deal until the end of the season looks the most likely option.

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