A handful of clubs have been linked with a move for Bournemouth outcast Tyrone Mings in recent days, but with time running out in the January window it appears that Aston Villa could be set to win the race for his signature.
With Dean Smith lacking strength in depth in central defence, a problem which preceded his arrival at the club, Villa could be set to make a vital addition to their squad this week.
According to a recent report from the Daily Mail, Villa are in talks with the Cherries to sign Mings on loan, although West Brom have also expressed an interest in the 25-year-old defender.
After impressing during his spell with Ipswich Town, Bournemouth agreed to pay £8 million for the 6’5″ towering defender in 2015, fending off competition from the likes of Newcastle United, West Brom and indeed Villa in the process.
The Villans spotted Mings’ obvious defensive quality, domineering physical presence and decent technical quality at Ipswich, but Bournemouth’s ascendancy into the top-flight after topping the Championship table convinced him to move to the south coast.
More than three years on, though, Villa could be on the cusp of finally landing the highly regarded defender. At this stage in the season and with a promotion push on the agenda, the addition of Mings could make a telling difference to Smith’s ambition of taking his side back into the top-flight, as he possesses the ability to establish himself as a rock at the heart of defence.
Villa have clearly spotted a talent in Mings that is forcing them to continuously renew their interest in the Premier League outcast, and their persistence looks like it may finally pay off before the deadline passes.
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