Aston Villa striker Rushian Hepburn-Murphy is in advanced talks to join Tranmere Rovers according to Football Insider.

The youngster is on the radar of Tranmere as they prepare for life back in League One following their promotion winning season.

The England Under 20 international has been told by Aston Villa chiefs that another loan move would be beneficial for him as he looks to continue his development away from Villa Park.

With Aston Villa having gained promotion to the Premier League last season it is believed that Hepburn-Murphy would struggle to be in and around the first team and would find better chances at a lower league side.

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He spent the second half of last season out on loan at League Two Cambridge United, where he made 16 appearances and scored two goals.

The 20-year-old is known for his versatility where he can play up front or on either wing and has an explosive amount of pace and troubles defenders with his clever runs in behind.

Despite his young years he has already made 17 senior appearances for the Midlands club and he is highly rated by the hierarchy having come through the academy for Dean Smith’s side.

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He is the second youngest player in Villa’s history to play for the first-team after featuring against Sunderland in the Premier League at the age of 16 years and 176 days.

Having gained experience in League Two last season it makes perfect sense for Hepburn-Murphy to progress in his development in the third tier of English football as he strives to break into the Aston Villa first team in the years to come.

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