Villa, Swansea battle for Chelsea youngster McEachran

Aston Villa and Swansea City are battling for Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran.

Aston Villa and Swansea City are battling for Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran.

The Mirror says Villa boss Alex McLeish has launched a bid to take the highly-rated England Under-21 international and could complete a deal after the weekend.

McEachran, 18, will be allowed out for first-team experience by Andre Villas-Boas and Villa are keen to borrow him for the rest of the season.

McLeish discussed the potential signing with Villas-Boas after Villa's surprise 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge on New Year's Eve.

However, former Chelsea coach Brendan Rodgers - who masterminded a 2-0 victory over Villa on Monday - is also in the race to take the teenager.

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