The former Ipswich Town flyer is expected to leave the Vitality Stadium this month after Bournemouth paid £12 million for Brentford’s Welsh international Chris Mepham.
Aston Villa are one of a number of teams who have been linked with Mings, who can play at centre-half or left-back, able to solve two of the club’s problem positions.
And The Mail believes that Villa are stepping up their interest before Thursday’s transfer deadline with talks now underway ahead of a potential move to the Midlands.
The Express and Star claim that Aston Villa are set to face major competition from their local rivals West Brom, however. Darren Moore’s Baggies are also understood to have entered negotiations about a deal that would see Mings, who joined Bournemouth for £8 million in 2015, move to the Hawthorns on loan.
Nottingham Forest are also interested but they did at least strengthen their defence by signing Leicester City’s Yohan Benalouane earlier in the month.