Aston Villa have enquired about the availability of Chelsea prodigy Ethan Ampadu, according to Birmingham Live.

Manager Dean Smith is keen to bring the 18-year-old to Villa Park on a temporary basis but faces competition from Championship rivals Derby County.

Both clubs have reportedly had their enquiries dismissed but are still considering a loan move for the Wales international, who is arguably one of the Premier League’s hottest prospects.

A dynamic and technically gifted talent, he first made the headlines when he made his professional debut for Exeter City at the tender age of 15. The Grecians failed to hold on to their most prized asset and Ampadu was plucked from the League Two club by Chelsea.

He can operate as a central midfielder or in the heart of defence and would be an impressive addition for any Championship club.

If he made a temporary switch to the Villains, he would be working with Blues legend John Terry. The former England centre-back will be well aware of Ampadu’s potential and is set to play a pivotal role in the club’s January recruitment.

Villa boss Smith has already signalled his intention to add new faces to his squad:

“We’re going to be looking in the January market for a number of players.

“Myself, John (Terry) and Richard (O’Kelly) sat down with Suso (sporting director Jesus Pitarch) and have all put in some good ideas so we’ll move forward with that.”

Villa will lock horns with Derby County on Saturday, a side they trail by seven points.

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