Report: Bournemouth refusing to sell Tommy Elphick amid Aston Villa interest

Bournemouth's Tommy Elphick

Bournemouth reportedly have no interest in selling Tommy Elphick.

Bournemouth's Tommy Elphick

According to the Birmingham Mail, Bournemouth have no intention of selling defender Tommy Elphick amid interest from Aston Villa.

Villa need to re-tool their squad this summer having been relegated to the Championship, and new manager Roberto Di Matteo should have money to spend with the impending takeover of Tony Xia.

Defence is a particular area of concern for Villa, and landing a tried-and-tested defender with a proven Championship record would be a huge step in the right direction.

However, one target seemingly won't be heading to Villa Park, as The Birmingham Mail report that Bournemouth have no intention of letting Tommy Elphick leave for Villa.

Bournemouth's Tommy Elphick celebrates scoring their first goal

The 28-year-old centre back played a huge part in Bournemouth's 2015 Championship title win, as well as their promotion from League One in 2013.

Elphick struggled with an ankle injury this past season, limiting him to just 14 appearances in all competitions - and with Bournemouth looking to kick on with some new signings this summer, some had wondered whether Elphick could leave the club, despite him being club captain.

The Birmingham Mail report that, whilst Villa may be keen to bring Elphick to the Midlands as the heart of their defence, Bournemouth have no intention of selling Elphick this summer.

That means that Villa may have to look elsewhere, but with an alleged £3m bid in mind, it may be worth making an offer and testing Bournemouth's resolve in a bid to land Elphick.

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