Southampton fans react to reports linking Aston Villa with Saints left-back Matt Targett

Matt Targett of Southampton reacts during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at Wembley Stadium on December 26, 2017 in London, England.

Aston Villa were also credited with interest in the Southampton academy product 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...

Southampton fans are reacting to reports linking Aston Villa with the Saints left-back, Matt Targett.

According to The Sun, Villa are eyeing a bid for the £10million-rated player. 

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


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

But a proposed loan move failed to materialise during last summer's transfer window, and Targett went onto play 21 times for the Saints throughout 2018/19.

L to R Matt Targett, Charlie Austin and Ryan Bertrand of Southampton during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield on September 22, 2018 in Liverpool,...

Having lost his place to Ryan Bertrand towards the end of the season, however, switching clubs might now be an option, with Fulham also being credited with interest in their former loan star.

And there don't appear to be many of a Southampton persuasion who would stand in Targett's way...










But Aston Villa may have to bow to Southampton's demands, with the Saints having tied him to a five-year contract in 2017.

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