Noel Whelan has claimed that Aston Villa are likely to table a summer bid for in-form centre-back Tyrone Mings, who is at the club on loan from Premier League side Bournemouth.
The 26-year-old arrived at Villa Park during the January transfer window on loan from the Cherries.
He has so far impressed and his performances in the heart of defence for the Villans has coincided with the club’s strong form, which saw them win 10 consecutive Championship games.
Mings’ current contract with Bournemouth is due to expire during the summer of 2022. He has not established himself at the Vitality Stadium and at this stage, it is likely that Eddie Howe’s side consider him to be surplus to requirements.
It would be ideal if Villa could sign the centre-back on a permanent basis at the end of the season.
He is clearly a solid fit into Dean Smith’s Villa side and could serve the club with distinction if signed on a permanent basis.
One of the stumbling blocks which Villa could possibly face is that they will likely have to secure promotion to the Premier League if they want to sign Mings.
Smith’s side will likely have to pay a hefty amount to secure the player this summer if they want to, considering that he is still contracted to Bournemouth for another three years. His form would surely have alerted other clubs as well, including some who play in the Premier League.
“He has been brilliant for Villa and you can see what a top defender he is,” Whelan told Football Insider.
“Obviously, plenty of other clubs will be seeing that, too.
“It helps Villa that he appears settled and happy there, and I would imagine they want to sign him permanently. I’m expecting a Villa bid but their chances of getting him depends on the play-offs.
“It’s very similar to Leeds in that their transfer policy and who comes and goes will largely depend on what division they’re in.”