Aston Villa are reportedly interested in Southampton defender Matt Targett, but there would be an element of risk with a possible swoop.
According to the Sun, manager Dean Smith views the 23-year-old as a priority this summer to help strengthen competition ahead of promotion back to the Premier League.
The report details that the door is open for the Midlands giants to make a raid for £10million-rated full-back.
Villa definitely need someone to challenge Neil Taylor for the left-back position next season, but wouldn’t have a guaranteed upgrade if they spend £10million on the Southampton ace.
Targett made 21 appearances across all competitions this campaign and has played a back-up role to Saints captain Ryan Bertrand at St Mary’s.
He is an attack-minded left-back with great pace and he likes to go forward, but he’s certainly not the finished article defensively yet and is yet to fully establish himself as a consistent performer in the top flight.
Targett proved during a loan spell in the 2017/18 campaign with Fulham in the Championship that he has massive potential, but he needs to convert that now into performances at the top level.
The £35,000-a-week (Spotrac) ace would be strong competition for Taylor, but whether he could overtake him and impress in Smith’s defence may take time.
He’s not shown enough in his career yet to warrant a £10million fee, but is still a young talent with room to grow and he may not reach his best until he gets a full season somewhere in a starting XI.