Date: 3rd July 2019 at 8:20am
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Aston Villa could make a move to sign another Southampton player, according to a report in The Mirror.

After finalising the deal for Matt Targett on Monday, the Birmingham club may now attempt to sign centre-back Jack Stephens.

It is believed Ralph Hasenhuttl is prepared to sell a possible five senior first-team players in order to free up funds so he can continue his overhaul of the squad.

However, in The Telegraph’s report of names most likely to be sold this summer, the Englishman was not included on that list.

Villa have gaps to fill at the back after last season’s pairing of Axel Tuanzebe and Tyrone Mings returned to their parent clubs.

Stephens is a Saints academy graduate is valued at £7.2million by Transfermarkt and played 24 times in last season’s campaign, and has three years remaining on his contract. There has been no indication at this point how much he may cost Dean Smith’s side.

He previously had loan spells at Swindon Town, Middlesbrough and Coventry City before forcing his way into the first-team.

Southampton have been linked to Argentine defender Walter Kannemann, so may want to get him in at St Mary’s before they allow Stephens to leave.

 

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