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According to The Sun, Axel Tuanzebe is keen to join Aston Villa on a permanent basis, after settling in the Midlands during his third loan spell.

What’s the story?

Well, the £50,000-a-week centre-back re-joined the Villans on a season-long loan from Manchester United over the summer.

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Tuanzebe spent time on loan at Villa Park in 2019, helping Dean Smith’s side secure promotion back to the Premier League.

After a few injury-hit campaigns at Old Trafford, he is now back in the Midlands, and is keen to stay.

One source told The Sun that the 23-year-old is loving life back at Aston Villa, and appreciated the reception he received from supporters.

Should the chance of a permanent move arise, Tuanzebe would jump at it.

The Sun add that Tuanzebe believes he has a boss who trusts him in Smith, and would love to stay at Villa Park beyond this season.

Axel Tuanzebe would be a great signing for Aston Villa

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In our view, Tuanzebe would be a fantastic signing for the Villans if he were to arrive on a permanent basis.

The England Under-21 international knows Aston Villa well, and is clearly liked by Smith and the supporters.

In a footballing sense, he’s also a fine option to have, and one with plenty of time to get even better at just 23 years of age.

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Tuanzebe – who Gary Lineker called quick and confident – also has plenty of Champions League experience.

He even shackled Kylian Mbappe last season as Manchester United beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 last term.

Villa aren’t exactly blessed with many centre-backs, so this would also be a necessary deal for Smith to add the required depth to his squad.

As long as Ole Gunner Solskjaer doesn’t make a potential deal too expensive, Tuanzebe would be an excellent addition.

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