Aston Villa have snapped up Southampton defender Matt Targett.

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith has told the club’s official website that the club are delighted to have signed Matt Targett after a lengthy pursuit.

Villa had already added Jota and Wesley as well as securing permanent deals for loanees Kortney Hause and Anwar El Ghazi in a busy start to the transfer window.

A left back was absolutely needed in order to challenge Neil Taylor, and they’ve now secured one by signing Targett from Southampton.

The Express and Star claim that Targett has cost Villa £11.5million, though the deal could rise to around £17million with certain add-ons included.

Targett had shown some promise last season, and the 23-year-old should now become Villa’s starting left back for years to come.

Boss Smith has reacted to the move, admitting that Villa are ‘very pleased’ to have finally signed Targett after pursuing him for a ‘considerable amount of time’.

Smith added that Targett fits Villa’s criteria as he’s a young player who has Premier League experience, believing that the left back will make Villa stronger defensively.

“We’re very pleased to have Matt join us. He’s a player we have been looking at for a considerable amount of time,” said Smith. “He fits our criteria of being a young player with experience of playing in the Premier League and having the potential to develop further. He will help make us a stronger defensive unit and we are all looking forward to working with him,” he added.

Villa have seemingly wanted Targett for some time now, but the interest may go back even further than Smith’s arrival. We covered reports from The Mirror (19/08/2018, p64) that suggested that Steve Bruce wanted to take him on loan to Villa Park.

Bruce couldn’t strike that deal, but Targett may well have remained on the Villa radar ever since, and now they’re in the Premier League, they’ve finally got their man.

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