Report: Aston Villa could return to Southampton for centre-back Jack Stephens

A general view during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's on December 28, 2014 in Southampton, England.

Aston Villa recently signed another Southampton defender.

Jack Stephens of Southampton and Alex Pritchard of Huddersfield Town during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Huddersfield Town at St Mary's Stadium on May 12, 2019 in...

Aston Villa could return to Southampton for the centre-back, Jack Stephens, according to the Daily Mirror (July 2, page 49).

Villa are said to have paid around £15 million to sign another Southampton defender, the left-back, Matt Targett.

 

But after losing two key centre-backs, Axel Tuanzebe and Tyrone Mings, at the end of last season, Aston Villa still have gaps to fill ahead of their Premier League return.

And while Tuanzebe and Mings have each been linked with returns to Villa Park, it would be wise to seek alternatives - with Stephens fitting the bill.

Tyrone Mings of Aston Villa and Axel Tuanzebe of Aston Villa battles for possession with with Mason Bennett of Derby County  during the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final match between...

Stephens played 24 times as Southampton survived the drop last season.

But with three years left on his contract he, like Targett, is unlikely to come cheap.

New Signing Matt Targett of Aston Villa poses at Bodymoor Heath training ground on June 30, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

The 25-year-old moved to Southampton from Plymouth Argyle at the start of the decade, and was loaned to Swindon Town, Middlesbrough and Coventry City before breaking in at Saints.

Would Stephens be a good addition for Aston Villa?

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