Callum Robinson has joined Preston North End on loan until the end of the 2015/16 season.
The England U20 international had two spells at North End in League One last campaign and was part of their promotion-winning squad.
He will now aim to impress in the division above.
The striker spent the first part of the campaign on loan at Bristol City but returned to Bodymoor Heath this week.
He will re-join a squad which features his former claret and blue team-mate Daniel Johnson, who left Villa Park for Deepdale in January 2015.
Robinson, 20, has been at Villa since he was eight-years-old and made his senior breakthrough in 2013/14, appearing five times.