Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban looks set to leave the south coast on loan after Championship side Aston Villa reached an agreement with the Cherries hierarchy over a short-term deal.

Grabban has spent the first half of the season in the ​Championship with ​Sunderland, scoring an impressive 12 goals in just 19 games for the relegation-threatened side.

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The 30-year-old striker has made over 100 appearances for ​Bournemouth since he first moved to the club in 2012, ending a brief spell with Rotherham United for just over £300k.

However, the former ​Crystal Palace youth player has struggled to keep his first-team spot since gaining promotion to the ​Premier League and has previously been sent out on loan spells with ​Norwich and Reading.

​Aston Villa are currently battling with ​Derby County for a place in the automatic playoff spot in the Championship table, with most fans expecting to see high-flying ​Wolves win the league this season.

Grabban will help bring some extra firepower to Steve Bruce's attack, with the likes of ​Cardiff and ​Bristol City also in contention for the automatic promotion spot.