Southampton are in talks with Premier League new boys Aston Villa over the transfer of Matt Targett, according to Sky Sports.
Earlier this month The Daily Mail reported Southampton’s other left-back, Ryan Bertrand, was a target for Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan. The belief was Targett would be given more first-team opportunities and become the senior player in that position at the club.
However, it now looks like the tables have turned as Dean Smith looks to strengthen his side after winning promotion to the top-flight. The Birmingham club already have Neil Taylor within their ranks and the signing would create competition for places.
He made 21 appearances for Saints last season and has accrued 63 appearances in total since making his debut five years ago.
The defender is a former England U21 international and is valued at £6.3million by Transfermarkt. He is a product of the Southampton academy and follows in the footsteps of Luke Shaw, Wayne Bridge and Gareth Bale.
Ralph Hasenhuttl so far has been focusing on attacking players, but if Targett is allowed to leave he may need to sign a replacement.