The Portuguese centre-back is also said to be a target for Everton.
A deal of the Dutchman, though, is expected to rest on whether the Scottish side qualifies for the Champions League group stages, although the Daily Record has claimed this week that a £10 million transfer could happen regardless.
|2014-15 Premier League||Team||Errors Lead To Goal||Total Tackles MINS||Tackles Accuracy||Total Clearances MINS||Headers Won MINS||Header Success||Interceptions MINS||Passing Accuracy||Appearances||Mins Played|
|Ciaran Clark||Aston Villa||0||51.05||87%||9.96||26.2||64.96||42.36%||79%||25||1,991|
|Jores Okore||Aston Villa||0||39.39||75%||13.48||41.85||56.47||30.91%||86%||23||2,009|
|Nathan Baker||Aston Villa||0||54.5||71%||7.48||20.62||58.73||42.39%||77%||11||763|
|Ron Vlaar||Aston Villa||1||96.82||65%||14.31||68.58||52.17||40.15%||82%||20||1,646|
|Philippe Senderos||Aston Villa||0||90.29||43%||13.17||105.33||46.15||70.22%||82%||8||632|
Fonte, 31, has played 226 times for the Saints since arriving from Crystal Palace in 2010, helping the south coast club rise from League One to a seventh-place top-flight finish and Europa League qualification.
The 6ft 2in stopper’s impressive performances last season, when he missed just one Premier League game due to suspension, also earned him widespread plaudits and a first call-up to the Portugal national team.
Since earning four caps, the former Benfica man is now looking to help Ronald Koeman’s side consolidate a place in the top half of the Premier League, so a potential move to Villa would come as somewhat of a surprise.
Though the claret and blues look to be on the up again under Tim Sherwood following four straight relegation threatened campaigns, Southampton still seem in a much healthier situation at present, while it’s debatable whether the Midlands outfit even need centre-back help.
Both new skipper Micah Richards and Ciaran Clark are now entrenched as the first-choice pairing, while promising duo Jores Okore and Nathan Baker are two solid backup options.
The experienced Philippe Senderos has been linked with a departure in recent weeks but, with versatile summer signing Jose Angel Crespo also able to fill in at centre-half, there would not seem to be a desperate need for help at the position.
Nevertheless, recent reports have claimed that the club had an approach for West Bromwich Albion’s Joleon Lescott rejected [h/t Sky Sports] earlier this month, suggesting that Sherwood is still keen to further bolster his side’s backline.
There is little doubt that Fonte would be an excellent addition for Villa but, given Southampton’s stance, there is good reason for fans to be sceptical about a possible deal happening at this moment in time.