Report: Aston Villa eyeing Wycombe goalkeeper Matt Ingram

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The 21-year-old League Two star has reportedly been watched by Villa in recent weeks.

Wycombe Wanderers No. 1 Matt Ingram is the latest goalkeeper on Aston Villa’s January transfer radar, according to the Daily Star.

Villa scout Tony Coton, who worked under Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United’s keeper coach for a decade, has been watching a number of emerging shot-stoppers across England since his appointment in April as manager Tim Sherwood continues to plan for the future.

The club have already been linked with Southend United’s Dan Bentley, Brentford’s David Button, Oldham Athletic’s Joe Coleman and Preston North End’s Sunderland loanee Jordan Pickford in recent weeks [h/t Birmingham Mail] and now Ingram’s name can be added to the list of potential targets for the winter transfer window.

The 21-year-old has made 120 total appearances for hometown club Wycombe since rising through their ranks to earn his professional debut in March 2013, while establishing himself as one of the Football League’s most promising custodians in the process.

After winning the Chairboys’ Player of the Season award for 2013-14, he enjoyed an even more impressive campaign last term, conceding just 44 goals and recording 15 clean sheets in 46 League Two appearances to help his side to a fourth-place finish.

However, Wycombe would ultimately lose 7-6 on penalties to Southend in the play-off final following a 1-1 draw after extra-time, as their No. 1 missed the match after injuring his knee in the final regular season game of 2014-15 against Northampton Town.

Now back fit, though, he has picked up right where he left off last term over the first eight games of the new campaign, having conceded a league-low five goals and kept four clean sheets.

That in mind, it’s perhaps no surprise that even a Premier League club like Villa would be interested in Ingram's signature, although whether he would be an upgrade over third-choice Jed Steer, who turns 23 next week, remains up for debate.

18-year-old Serbian stopper Matija Sarkic also arrived from Anderlecht on deadline day but, with doubts lingering over whether either Brad Guzan or backup Mark Bunn can be the team’s long-term starter, it’s understandable that Sherwood has Coton doing his due diligence.

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