Aston Villa paid a club-record £26m to sign Tyrone Mings from Premier League rivals Bournemouth.

Ian Holloway thinks Aston Villa have pulled off a real coup signing Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings, speaking to talkSPORT (26 July, 9am) – even if he did cost a club-record £26.5 million.

Dean Smith’s Villa have famously spent over £100 million in preparation for a return to the Premier League but Mings is their most expensive addition, not just of the summer but in the club’s history.

And while the cynics have questioned the decision to pay a staggering £26.5 million for a player who was warming the bench at Bournemouth just a few months ago (The Guardian), Mings’ star quality was clear for all to see during a loan spell at Villa Park in the second half of last season.

The 26-year-old was a key figure as the Midland giants sealed promotion via a play-off final victory against Derby County.

And Holloway was seen enough from the former Ipswich Town starlet to realise that Mings could be worth every penny.

“Last season he was sensational. I think it’s a bargain,” said the former QPR and Millwall manager.

Mings is likely to be Aston Villa’s number one centre-half next season but it will be interesting to see who plays alongside him in Smith’s backline.

Ball-playing Belgian Bjorn Engels has also arrived from Reims while Ezri Konsa and Kortney Hause have been snapped up too. And then there’s James Chester, the Welsh international who was arguably Aston Villa’s most consistent player during their three-year spell in the Championship.

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