Championship side Aston Villa have been linked with Tom James from League Two Yeovil Town – and could now watch him in action against the EFL Cup.

Aston Villa would have been dreaming of an almighty clash at the Etihad, Old Trafford or Anfield this August – but instead they will be heading to Huish Park for a less-than-glamorous EFL Cup tie against Yeovil Town.

Villa, who lost against Fulham in the Championship play-off final last month, have been drawn against the League Two outfit for the first round of England’s secondary cup competition, which will begin on the week commencing August 13th.

But if there is one positive that can be taken out of this latest reminder of Villa’s fall from grace, it is that Steve Bruce will be given the chance to watch one of his most promising transfer targets first hand.

The Bristol Post claimed in April that Aston Villa were tracking the highly-rated Yeovil right-back Tom James, who has been a revelation for the Somerset side ever since he arrived from Cardiff City a year ago.

Roy Keane and the growing links to Celtic

Aston Villa may be stuck in a dire financial situation but 22-year-old James is the sort of signing that would not break the bank, especially as he only has a contract until the summer of 2019. They would have to wait until January, of course, as this year’s transfer window shuts on August 9th, a few days before the clash in Yeovil.

Villa may be forced to sell Ahmed Elmohamady this summer, according to The Times, which could open up a space for James in Bruce’s squad.

And should be impress against the claret and blues at Huish Park, don’t be surprised to see Aston Villa step up their interest.

In other news, 'Groundsman not happy': Lee Dixon makes claim about Mourinho on Tottenham's pitch