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Steve Bruce is set to target Allan McGregor in the summer transfer window to help boost his hopes of returning to the Premier League next season, according to ClubCall.

The Scotland international used to play for the manager during his time at Hull City, however he has found his place hard-to-come by of late, forcing him to move to Championship rivals Cardiff City since the turn of the year on a short-term loan deal.

Villa have struggled in recent games to stop leaking goals, with two consecutive 3-1 defeats and have reportedly identified McGregor as the man that could help offer the reliability needed in between the sticks.

It is thought, however, Bruce will only go after the 35-year-old should he be unable to secure a permanent move for Manchester United loanee Sam Johnstone.

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McGregor, who has kept six clean sheets in the 18 games he has played in for the Welsh side, has a wealth of experience that he can offer the Villans and help make them a force in the Championship next season.

Having already played for Bruce at the KCOM Stadium, the Scottish shot-stopper has also had spells at his native Glasgow Rangers, as well as a short time abroad for Turkish club Besiktas.

Should the move for Johnston fail to materialise, McGregor is an option the Midlands-based side can explore further and it is thought he will be able to move more freely after he has fallen behind Eldin Jakupovic and David Marshall in the Hull pecking order.