Aston Villa’s reported £12m plan to sign Bristol City's Adam Webster could net Ipswich seven-figure fee

Adam Webster of Bristol City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan Athletic and Bristol City at DW Stadium on September 21, 2018 in Wigan, England.

Aston Villa have been linked with Bristol City’s Adam Webster.

Adam Webster of Bristol City with the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Stoke City at Ashton Gate on October 27, 2018 in Bristol, England.

According to a report in The Sun, Aston Villa are eyeing up a £12 million move for Bristol City’s Adam Webster – a deal which could net League One side Ipswich Town a healthy seven-figure sum.

The report claims Villa are making a surprise move for the defender in a bid to strengthen their Premier League squad.

Villa manager Dean Smith is keen to bolster his defensive ranks after Tyrone Mings returned to parent club Bournemouth following his loan spell and Axel Tuanzebe returned to Manchester United.

 

Webster has been an impressive figure at Bristol City this past season. He joined the Robins for a reported £3.5 million from Ipswich 12 months ago, succeeding Aden Flint who left to join Middlesbrough.

The Tractor Boys have made a habit of negotiating a sell-on clause when allowing players to move on, and the East Anglian Daily Times claim the Webster deal was no different.

While it isn’t stated the exact percentage, it is thought to be between 10 - 20% meaning Ipswich could stand to make as much as £2.4 million from the proposed £12 million deal while a seven-figure fee is almost a certainty.

Adam Webster of Ipswich Town in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Ipswich Town at St Andrews on March 31, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Ipswich are keen to strengthen this summer following their relegation to League One. Such a fee could allow manager Paul Lambert to make one or two important deals as the Suffolk club eye promotion.

Webster, 24, made 43 Championship starts for Bristol City last season, helping Lee Johnson’s side mount a push for the playoffs as the Robins ended up finishing eighth in the Championship.

Dean Smith, manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on March 16, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

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