Report: Aston Villa eyeing bid for £10m-rated Southampton left-back Matt Targett

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith celebrates with assistant manager John Terry (l) following the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between Aston Villa and Derby County at Wembley...

The Southampton academy product was reportedly wanted by Aston Villa's previous manager a year ago.

Matt Targett of Southampton takes a penalty during the penalty shoot out during the FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Southampton FC and Derby County at St Mary's Stadium on January...

Aston Villa are eyeing a bid for the £10million-rated Southampton left-back, Matt Targett, according to The Sun.

The newspaper claims Targett is Dean Smith's first choice candidate to come and add some competition in Villa's left-back position.

 

The Southampton academy product was also a target for Smith's predecessor as Aston Villa manager, Steve Bruce, according to The Mirror.

However, a proposed loan move failed to materialise during last summer's transfer window, while Targett later saw a January transfer to Fulham fall through, after a successful spell on loan there.

Matt Targett of Fulham during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Leeds United at Craven Cottage on April 3, 2018 in London, England.

And Aston Villa may have better luck this time, after the 23-year-old ended last season as Southampton's second choice in his position.

But the Saints are likely to hold plenty of power should it come to negotiate, having tied him to a five-year contract in 2017.

Would the Southampton left-back be a good addition for Aston Villa? 

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