Report: Hull keen to re-sign Aston Villa defender Tommy Elphick

Tommy Elphick of Aston Villa in action with team mate Rushain Hepburn Murphy during a training session at the club's training ground at Bodymoor Heath on August 17, 2018 in Birmingham,...

Hull City are reportedly interested in bringing Aston Villa defender Tommy Elphick back to the club this summer.

Tommy Elphick (24) of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Aston Villa at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent on Saturday 23rd February 2019.

According to Hull Live, Hull City are interested in bringing Tommy Elphick back to the club this summer, but the Tigers may have a difficult time trying to get the Aston Villa defender back through the door.

Nigel Adkins' men are looking to build on an encouraging campaign in which they finished 13th in the Championship, 12 points off the play-off spots. 

 

One of their most impressive performers during the season was Elphick, who spent the first half of the campaign on loan at the KCOM Stadium when it appeared that he had no future with the Villans.

But with the 31-year-old impressing and Dean Smith looking to bolster his options at the back during the January transfer window, Elphick was recalled and has gone on to make 11 appearances for Villa, who could be promoted to the Premier League on Monday when they face Derby County in the play-off final.

Bolton Wanderers' Christian Doidge competing with Hull City's Tommy Elphick at Macron Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Bolton, England.

Should they seal promotion, it would be little surprise if Elphick - who cost £3 million, according to BBC Sport - was given the green light to leave. Birmingham Live reports that he is out of contract this summer, and he has played once since the end of February.

Hull Live reports that Hull are keen to sign Elphick again this summer, but the report notes that Adkins will have a tight budget and thus, a deal will be difficult to pull off. 

It remains to be seen what Villa decide to do with Elphick's contract. But if he does leave Villa Park, you would imagine that a number of Championship sides could be interested in the defender, which may make Hull's task even tougher. 

Tommy Elphick of Aston Villa during the  Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Hull City at Villa Park on January 19, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

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