He is said to have impressed Gerrard, but with so many senior wingers ahead of him, he can’t force a way into the squad. As he is yet to experience regular men’s football, Villa will prime him for a loan and there won’t be a shortage of suitors.
The story linked in the OP is a bit weird in my view: "It is understood Gerrard himself has been studying the options, which are plentiful. Almost every promotion-chasing team in the Championship has registered their interest in taking the player. There were also clubs in Belgium and France keen to take him.
However, we understand that Stoke have emerged as the most likely landing spot, with Gerrard impressed by Michael O’Neill and his plans.
Gerrard also likes O’Neill’s work with a number of younger players. Therefore, he is ready to let one of his prized assets move to the Bet365 Stadium for the remainder of the campaign."
Sound like Gerrard is willing to let him go as long as he approves of the club, so may have more credence than usual.