Leeds United eye Tommy Elphick

Bournemouth's Tommy Elphick

HITC Sport understands Leeds and Cardiff eye Aston Villa target.

Bournemouth's Tommy Elphick

Leeds United and Cardiff City are ready to join the chase for Aston Villa target Tommy Elphick from Bournemouth, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Villa have been strongly linked with a move for central defender Elphick as new boss Roberto Di Matteo looks to strengthen his side's defensive options at Villa Park.

Elphick has established himself as a key part of the Bournemouth side since joining the club from Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer of 2012.

Bournemouth's Tommy Elphick celebrates scoring their first goal

The 28-year-old has helped the club win promotion from League One to the Premier League during his time on the South Coast and is current club captain at Dean Court.

Elphick made only 14 appearances for the Cherries last season after missing a chunk of the campaign with an ankle injury.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is reluctant to lose Elphick, but is bracing himself for further interest in the player as he enters the final year of his contract at the club.

Villa remain hopeful of landing Elphick, but will face competition from Championship rivals Leeds and Cardiff if Bournemouth decide to sell Elphick.

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