Aston Villa should join the likes of Everton & Leicester City in their reported interest in Reece James

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa and Dean Smith, Manager of Aston Villa celebrate with the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final Trophy following their team's victory in the Sky Bet Championship...

Aston Villa should join the reported race for Chelsea's Reece James who is reportedly attracting interest from the likes of Everton and Leicester City.

Preston North End's Daniel Johnson holds off Wigan Athletic's Reece James during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Preston North End at DW Stadium on April 22, 2019...

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. 

Leeds United's Jack Clarke vies for possession with Wigan Athletic's Reece James during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Wigan Athletic at Elland Road on April 19,...

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. 

Dean Smith, Manager of Aston Villa celebrates with the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final Trophy following his team's victory in the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between...

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