Aston Villa are back in the big time and ahead of their Premier League return, they should make a move for Chelsea's Reece James, who is already attracting interest from elsewhere.
The Sun recently claimed that Leicester City, Manchester United and Everton are set to battle it out for Chelsea's highly-rated teenager, who is valued at £15 million.
Versatile defender James would be well-known to the Villa supporters because they would have seen him in action during his season-long loan spell at Championship side Wigan during the recently concluded season.
During his time at the DW Stadium, James played as a right-back, centre-back and a defensive-minded midfielder - areas which Villa need more legs in and a player that Dean Smith should no doubt target.
The 19-year-old would fit it in any of the above positions for Villa, but given his qualities on the ball and ability to dominate the ball, he would be an ideal midfield performer for the club.
Following Villa's promotion to the Premier League, they released eight players from their squad, including Glenn Whelan and Mile Jedinak, as reported by Villa's official Twitter account.
With the defensive duo out of the door, Villa need a player that can sit in front of the defence and a player like James would be ideal for Smith's style of play, not forgetting he has years and years ahead of him in the game.
Plus, he would suit Smith's philosophy in buying younger players and building the team, not just for the short term, but the long term as well.
Not forgetting that his versatility would be very useful for Smith as he aims to make an impact upon Villa's return to England's top-flight after a three-year absence.
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