Villa continue to monitor attacking options but it’s reported that Leyton Orient prospect Joshua Koroma is bound for Huddersfield Town.
The 20 year old striker has caught the eye having made the step up to senior football and is expected to be rewarded with a move to the Premier League.
In recent days the youngster with 18 goals to his name has been linked with a number of Championship clubs, including Villa. He looks destined for the top flight now though.
Whilst such links underline that Smith has the feelers out, it arguably says more about how the likes of Hepburn-Murphy and Keinan Davies are regarded that Villa are looking to strengthen in this age bracket.
There are plenty of stories, beginning right back in mid-December, continuing to swirl today regarding the future of Tammy Abraham.
What is certain, at least from the point of view of The Villa Underground, is that there is considerable regurgitation of content across many news outlets.
Whilst ongoing reports indicate that Wolves remain an interested party, one would imagine that a many number of sides fall into the same category. What seems unchanged, is Chelsea’s lack of any stated desire to sell a prize asset developing at Villa Park.
There remain plenty of variables though – The Villa Underground has separated fact from fiction on the developing Tammy Abraham saga here.
Wolves defender Kortney Hause is widely reported to be nearing a £2 million switch to Villa Park.
The 23 year old, who can play either centre half or left back, hasn’t established himself after at Molineux following their promotion. In fact, Hause has made just 6 first team appearances in the last 18 months.
Smith will obviously be looking for reinforcements in these key areas with Villa having one of the leakiest defences in the Championship.
With Axel Tuanzebe out with a lengthy injury and back at Manchester United – Tommy Elphick was recalled from a season long loan at Hull to partner James Chester for the New Years Day draw against QPR.
Smith will likely be looking this transfer window for cover in both of the positions Hause is comfortable in, especially given that Alan Hutton is also far from safe after a number of disappointing defensive displays at left back.