Report: Aston Villa make £7.5m bid for James Justin as Leicester move in

A general view of Villa Park home stadium of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Brentford  at Villa Park on August 22, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Premier League duo Aston Villa and Leicester City are reportedly going head-to-head for Luton Town's James Justin.

James Justin of Luton Town

Aston Villa have failed with a £7.5 million bid for James Justin, according to The Mirror (18 June, page 46), with Luton Town standing firm on the future of their prized asset.

A highly-rated and versatile full-back, Justin enjoyed a superb 2018/19 campaign to spark interest from clubs in the Premier League. He scored three goals and produced eight assists as The Hatters won League One, earning him a place in the EFL Team of the Season.

 

And with Aston Villa lacking depth and quality on both defensive flanks, Dean Smith’s newly promoted side appear to be prioritising a move for the 21-year-old after sealing the signings of Wesley Moraes, Kortney Hause, Jota and Anwar El-Ghazi.

But The Mirror claims that Villa’s opening bid of £7.5 million has been rejected. Leicester City are now set to move in with a £12 million offer and it remains to be seen whether Luton are more inclined to accept.

Luke Berry and James Justin of Luton Town applaud fans after the Carabao Cup First Round match between West Bromwich Albion and Luton Town at The Hawthorns on August 14, 2018 in West...

In truth, however, Aston Villa feels like the perfect destination for Justin – and not just because Smith has a fine track record when it comes to developing young, homegrown talents.

The Luton-born flyer would have a far better chance at securing first-team football at Villa given that Neil Taylor hardly looks secure at left-back. Alan Hutton, the experienced right-sided defender, has also been released.

So if Justin wants to take his career to the next step, he could do worse than to force through a switch to the Midlands.

Blackpool's Armand Gnanduillet chases down Luton Town's James Justin during the Sky Bet League One match between Luton Town and Blackpool at Kenilworth Road on April 6, 2019 in Luton,...

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