John McGinn has told the Express & Star that he wants Aston Villa to sign Tyrone Mings on a permanent basis this summer from Premier League side AFC Bournemouth.
Mings, 26, had endured a difficult time at Bournemouth and joined Villa on loan in the January transfer window until the end of the season. He has since shone for Dean Smith’s side.
The England youth international, who cost Bournemouth a whopping £8million (BBC) from Ipswich Town in the summer of 2005, has played 17 times for Villa and helped them keep six clean sheets.
He has also scored crucial goals in a 3-3 draw with Sheffield United and a 2-1 win over Blackburn, and now McGinn is desperate to see Mings sign on a permanent basis as the play-off final against Derby looms.
It is believed that talks have taken place between Villa and Bournemouth over a permanent move, but any hopes of landing Mings permanently is down to whether the Midlands club can beat Derby and gain promotion.
“Tyrone has been different class since he joined in January. It took us ages to get him,” McGinn said. “He is a colossus at the back. I just don’t know how he does not get a game for Bournemouth.
“If we can keep hold of Ty in the Premier League, if we get there, it would be brilliant for the club.”
McGinn is spot on. Mings has been one of Villa’s best players during the second half of the season, immediately hitting the ground running and shining alongside McGinn, Jack Grealish and Tammy Abraham.
His excellent performances may backfire slightly, though. With three years remaining on his contract, Bournemouth may up his price tag following his displays for Smith’s men.
It remains to be seen what the asking price is for Mings, but Bournemouth are likely to want to at least receive a similar fee to what they paid for the defender four years ago.