Aston Villa eye move for Swansea defender Neil Taylor

HITC Sport understands Aston Villa are stepping up their interest in Swansea defender Neil Taylor, as Tim Sherwood looks to reshape his squad this summer.

HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club that Aston Villa are lining up a move for Swansea and Wales defender Neil Taylor this summer.

Taylor is entering the final year of his contract at the Liberty Stadium and has yet to agree a new deal after holding talks.

Swansea are determined to keep hold of Taylor and are continuing negotiations as they look to secure the full-back's future on a long-term deal rather than risk losing him for nothing next summer.

The likes of Crystal Palace, West Brom and Newcastle are all keeping tabs on Taylor's situation at Swansea, but Villa are aiming to steal a march on their rivals by making the 26-year-old one of their top targets this summer.

Villa chief Sherwood is looking to revitalise his squad next season after they secured Premier League survival at the weekend despite their 6-1 thrashing at Southampton.

Left-back has been a problematic position for Villa this season with Kieran Richardson being used there in recent weeks and the need for a new left-back was illustrated in the hammering at Southampton when Alan Hutton was forced to play out of position at left-back.

Villa are ready to test Swansea's resolve to hang onto Taylor knowing they could land him for a bargain fee if he fails to agree a new deal beyond on 2016.

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