Having arrived at Bournemouth as one of the most promising young defenders from the Championship, Tyrone Mings’ time under Eddie Howe can only be described as a disappointment.
Constantly overlooked by the Cherries boss, Mings moved to Aston Villa in January on loan where he has since go on to flourish.
Considering that, Dean Smith will almost certainly want to keep the 26-year-old at Villa Park next season whether his side are in the Premier League or not.
The Villans, however, could face fierce competition for his signature with Southampton also said to be interested in the central defender, who is valued at £3.15 million (by Transfermarkt).
According to the Daily Mirror (via Daily Echo), Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has been tracking Mings’ progress with the view of making an approach for him in the summer in what would be a very smart move.
Mings, who came through Southampton’s youth ranks, is a versatile defender. With Maya Yoshida not getting any younger and Ryan Bertrand having had troubles with injury this season, the former Ipswich Town man could be the perfect defensive signing for Hasenhuttl.
Capable of playing in central defence and at left-back, Mings could be a long-term replacement for Yoshida in the squad while being able to provide cover for Bertrand when necessary.
Quick, aggressive in the tackle, strong in the air and calm on the ball, Southampton could do a lot worse than the Bournemouth loanee when it comes to looking for defensive reinforcements in the summer.
Whatever Aston Villa are willing to pay for Mings, the Saints must match it.
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