After a stunning season in the Championship, it is not at all surprising that Bristol City's Joe Bryan has been linked with a host of clubs, and a summer move to the Premier League looks like it may well be on the cards.
However, promotion may not be the only stumbling block to Villa's hopes of signing Bryan, with the Daily Mirror reporting earlier this year that he is a player that both Everton and Newcastle United are fans of.
But while Villans fans may look at the interest coming from the Toffees and Magpies and be pessimistic about their hopes of pulling off a deal, perhaps they now have the perfect window to seize the initiative in the chase for his signature.
The Times have more recently reported that Everton are keen on a permanent deal for Manchester United's Luke Shaw, while the Chronicle then suggested that Newcastle remain admirers of the England international.
With Shaw established at Premier League level, it would be no surprise if Everton and Newcastle were both planning to prioritise a move for the £27 million defender (via BBC Sport) over Bryan, who is yet to play in the top flight and thus, may be viewed as slightly more of a gamble than signing the 22-year-old would be.
If Sam Allardyce and Rafa Benitez do decide to make Shaw the priority, Villa seemingly have a window to work on a potential move for the Robins star before the interest intensifies once again.
And based on the form that Bryan has shown this season, getting a deal done would be a fantastic way for Steve Bruce to kick off the summer ahead of what he hopes will be a return to the Premier League.
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