Should Aston Villa re-sign Ryan Bertrand instead of Matt Targett?

Ryan Bertrand (L) and Shane Long as Southampton FC take part in their first day of their pre-season training camp, on July 23, 2018 in Evian-les-Bains, France.

Southampton's Matt Targett stance presents a different possibility for Aston Villa.

Matt Targett of Southampton during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and Southampton FC at Craven Cottage on November 24, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

Southampton are reluctant to let left-back Matt Targett leave amid interest from Aston Villa, The Daily Echo report.

The report states Southampton's preference would be to sell Ryan Bertrand, with the defender not likely to renew his contract.

 

This presents an unexpected opportunity for Villa, the chance to re-sign Bertrand after a previous loan spell at the club.

Southampton aren't actively shopping Bertrand, but he seems more 'gettable' than Targett going off The Daily Echo's report.

Bertrand spent the second half of the 2013/14 season at Aston Villa, making 16 appearances for the club.

Ryan Bertrand (L) and Shane Long as Southampton FC take part in their first day of their pre-season training camp, on July 23, 2018 in Evian-les-Bains, France.

The Mirror reported at the time that Bertrand was open to joining the club on a permanent basis.

Southampton ended up winning the race, perhaps impressed by his Villa performances. 

Given the upheaval at Villa since and the consistency Southampton have enjoyed, it was a good move from the left-back.

Now if Villa are trying to upgrade, Bertrand would be a terrific option at 29.

They would have to make a substantial offer to the Saints, he is still their first choice over Targett.

But if there is a chance he could be available, then Villa should test the waters.

Ryan Bertrand of Southampton in action during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on April 8, 2018 in London, England.

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