Aston Villa reportedly want the Barnsley defender as Dean Smith looks to bolster his options at the back.

Aston Villa are monitoring Barnsley defender Liam Lindsay, who is likely to cost £2.5 million in the summer if the Tykes manage to get themselves promoted, according to a report from The Sun on Sunday (24/2; page 64).

Dean Smith’s men have little more than an outside chance of making the play-offs in the Championship this season. Following their 1-1 draw with Stoke City on Saturday, the Villans sit 11th in the second tier and eight points adrift of the top six. 

However, most of the teams above them boast a game in hand over Villa. And with just one win since the turn of the year, the smart money suggests that they will be preparing for another year outside the Premier League come the end of the season.

And it appears that one of the players that Smith has his eye on is Lindsay, who is enjoying a superb campaign at Barnsley. The Sun on Sunday (24/2; page 64) reports that he could cost £2.5 million if the Tykes go up.

They sit second in League One, but have played one game more than Sunderland who sit two points adrift. 

The 23-year-old has been a key player this term, making 31 appearances in the league. He also played 42 times in the Championship last year, so should not find it difficult to adjust if he returns to that level.

Villa certainly need to add to their defensive options. Tyrone Mings and Kortney Hause are currently on loan at the club, and Smith does not have the depth elsewhere to allow another window to pass without making additions. 

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