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Report: Aston Villa want to bolster defence with signing of Southampton star

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Report: Aston Villa want to bolster defence with signing of Southampton star

Matt Targett is reportedly on Dean Smith’s list of summer transfer targets.

Aston Villa are keen to strengthen their defensive ranks with a move for Southampton left-back Matt Targett, according to The Sun.

Boss Dean Smith will go in search of several new players this summer, following promotion to the Premier League.

Targett started just 13 games for the Saints last season and typically acts as an understudy to Ryan Bertrand.

The academy graduate has found first-team opportunities restricted and could now look to leave St Mary’s to further his chances of playing regularly.

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Villa will need to fork out £10 million for Targett who has been capped by England at Under-21 level.

Neil Taylor was Smith’s first choice left-back last season but some competition in that area would be ideal for the Villans.

 

TBR Verdict

Targett could prove a solid if perhaps unspectacular signing by Aston Villa.

The 23-year-old very nearly joined Fulham last summer following a successful loan spell at Craven Cottage, but they opted to pursue other targets.

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It is definitely the right opportunity for Targett to get out and play.

If Dean Smith can offer him the chance to get 30+ games under his belt it’s a no-brainer for the player.

Neil Taylor played well for the Villans last season but the harsh reality for him is that the team now requires players of better quality and Targett does represent an upgrade.

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