Villa should quickly turn to Knudsen as Bryan alternative with Boro reportedly closing in

27th July 2018, Ashton Gate, Bristol, England; Pre Season football friendly, Bristol City versus AFC Bournemouth; Joe Bryan of Bristol City passes the ball

After missing out on Joe Bryan, Aston Villa need to act quickly if they want Ipswich's Jonas Knudsen as an alternative as Middlesbrough reportedly close in.

27th July 2018, Ashton Gate, Bristol, England; Pre Season football friendly, Bristol City versus AFC Bournemouth; Joe Bryan of Bristol City passes the ball

Aston Villa have been left needing to find another left-back at the 11th hour following a report from Sky Sports that Joe Bryan is having a medical at Fulham.

Villa had a £6million offer for the Bristol City defender accepted and on Wednesday (August 8) Bryan was expected to undergo a medical with them.

 

Yet the Whites have swooped in at the last moment and with the 24-year-old preferring a move to the Premier League, they look set to win the race.

What now for Villa?

It was reported by the East Anglian Daily Times that both the Villans and Middlesbrough, who had also shown interest in Bryan, were considering Ipswich Town's Jonas Knudsen as an alternative.

The Birmingham side probably thought they didn't need to focus on Knudsen, but this latest development from West London means the Denmark international is surely now well and truly back on their radar?

Jonas Knudsen of Ipswich Town during the Pre Season Friendly between Milton Keynes Dons and Ipswich Town at StadiumMK on July 24, 2018 in Milton Keynes, England.

Unfortunately in the meantime TEAMtalk claim that Boro are readying a bid for the 25-year-old, with a bid of around £3m thought to be enough to make the transfer happen.

Villa were prepared to pay double that for Bryan so have the funds, but will need to act quickly if they're not to miss out on both of their targets.

Joe Bryan of Bristol City during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Bristol City and Bournemouth at Ashton Gate on July 27, 2018 in Bristol, England.

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