He's so shiny! (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
(Edit: we're now hearing that this is NOT a done deal, contrary to what ESPN had reported earlier. Though all signs point to it being pretty much in the bag. -Robert)
Aston Villa have gotten another piece in the midfield, at least for the rest of the season. ESPN reports that US National team midfielder Michael Bradley will be venturing to Bodymoor Heath for a loan to go through summer from German club Borussia Moenchengladbach. Bradley was impressive last summer with the USMNT in South Africa, though I haven't seen much of him since.
I don't know that we necessarily need Bradley, but I certainly won't complain. For those of us who follow the US National team, it's an opportunity to watch yet another starter for the Red, White, and Blue in the Claret and Blue. Bradley, at 22, is young, and developing quite well. If this loan could be turned into something permanent, I could see it being very useful for Villa, as Bradley has demonstrated some resilience in the midfield as well as flashing signs of a scoring touch, having netted the equalizer in the US's second match of the 2010 World Cup. He's obviously scored elsewhere, but that's the first one that comes to mind for me.
Don't expect a lot from Bradley, but assuming the loan fee is low (I can't find any numbers right now), it's a no-risk move for Villa, and those are always the best kind.