Report: Aston Villa could sell Tommy Elphick to make way for Axel Tuanzebe

Steve Bruce manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Aston Villa at iPro Stadium on December 16, 2017 in Derby, England.

Aston Villa are set to bring in Axel Tuanzebe from Manchester United, which could see Tommy Elphick join Championship rivals Millwall.

Villa defender Tommy Elphick in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St James' Park on February 20, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Tommy Elphick is probably enjoying his most impressive spell as an Aston Villa player.

The former Bournemouth skipper has struggled badly since moving to Villa Park in the summer of 2016, but forced his way back into Steve Bruce’s plans over the festive period and stood out in wins against Middlesbrough and Bristol City.

Although there is still a good chance that Elphick could leave this month; particularly as Bruce has already got a replacement in his sights.

Tommy Elphick of Aston Villa and Sone Aluko of Fulham in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on April 17, 2017 in London, England.

The Birmingham Mail report that Bruce would be happy to keep the centre-back on board but it is likely that he will leave and pave the way for the arrival of Axel Tuanzebe from Manchester United.

As reported by The Mail, Villa are closing in on a deal to sign the 20-year-old on loan until the end of the season.

Tuanzebe is one of the most talented defenders to have emerged at Old Trafford in years and is rated very highly by manager Jose Mourinho, who recently insisted that a short-term spell away from United would do the youngster some good, as reported by the Sun.

Axel Tuanzebe of United in action during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Swansea City and Manchester United at Liberty Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

And it appears that there is not enough room for both Tuanzebe and Elphick at Villa Park.

The Telegraph stated last week that Millwall are one of the sides keen to sign the 30-year-old this month and Lions boss Neil Harris should be confident of pulling off a deal with Villa set to bring in Tuanzebe.

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