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.
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...
Damn right I would, bang average— Lee Godden (@LeeGodden7) June 11, 2019
Yes I would, he's not quite up to PL standard, shame I really wanted him to push on last season.— Wsmman (@wsmruss) June 11, 2019
Absolutely— Lee D (@LBDaveyBoy) June 11, 2019
If around £10m yes for sure— Matt Saxby (@Mattsax13) June 11, 2019
Yes, not good enough I’m afraid— Will Mitchell (@WillsfcMitchell) June 11, 2019
He isnt very good. Had more than enough chances, but just isnt up to prem level. Was very good at fulham on loan when in the champ mind— Ed (@Wiggles_01) June 12, 2019
Villa fans are actually excited about being linked to Matt Targett— Saint Harris (@LHarrisSFC) June 12, 2019
Rather keep him than let him go— Joe Ⓥ (@floppy_donkeys) June 12, 2019
The odd logic is the money spent would be a risk to find a player similar to him, he can improve if given more game time— Anthony (@saintant) June 11, 2019
No. What’s the point in getting a replacement. He’s a very good backup— Ewan Campbell (@EwanCampbell1NI) June 11, 2019
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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