Aston Villa and West Brom reportedly enter talks to sign Tyrone Mings

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Swansea at Villa Park on October 20, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Bournemouth's Premier League bench-warmer Mings looks set to return to the Championship with Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion both linked.

Tyrone Mings of AFC Bournemouth and Ross Barkley of Everton compete for the ball during the Premier League match between Everton and AFC Bournemouth at Goodison Park on February 4, 2017 in...

Aston Villa have entered talks to sign the coveted Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings before the end of the January transfer window, according to the Mail.

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.

Tyrone Mings of AFC Bournemouth (C) celebrates with Steve Cook of AFC Bournemouth (R) after the Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on March...

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.

Tyrone Mings of AFC Bournemouth (L) and Jose Salomon Rondon of West Bromwich Albion (R) battle for possession during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and AFC...

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