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Aston Villa’s reported £5m James Justin swoop would surely lead to James Bree’s exit

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Aston Villa’s reported £5m James Justin swoop would surely lead to James Bree’s exit

Luton Town’s James Justin is wanted by a number of clubs.

Aston Villa are one of several clubs chasing Luton Town’s James Justin, according to The Daily Mail. The Villans will go head-to-head with Leicester City and Stoke City to sign the highly-rated Luton right-back.

Justin is highly regarded by the Hatters and he has played a key role in helping the club to back-to-back promotions. If he stays with Luton, he will be playing Championship football next term.

But the 21-year-old, who can also play at left-back, has other options too. Luton will demand £5m for their homegrown talent if he does leave this summer.

This could be a sensible long-term solution for Aston Villa with Alan Hutton and Ahmed Elmohamady at the back-end of their respective careers.

 

However, the arrival of Justin in the West Midlands could be bad news for James Bree. It could force the Aston Villa right-back to seek a permanent exit for the sake of his career.

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Bree joined Aston Villa from Barnsley in January 2017. He was still a teenager at that stage but he had already played over 60 senior games for Barnsley, including Championship matches.

But Bree has failed to live up to his expectations since then. Due to a combination of poor form and injuries, the 21-year-old has been limited to 21 Championship outings in claret and blue.

In January, Dean Smith decided to let Bree leave on loan. He joined relegation-bound Ipswich Town and got some senior playing time under his belt.

Bree will be hoping to use this experience to break into the Aston Villa team. But Justin’s arrival could impact this and he might be searching for a new club (either on loan or permanently) before next season.

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