Birmingham Live have claimed that Aston Villa have a permanent deal in place for loan defender Tyrone Mings this summer, but it can only be activated on one condition.
The 26-year-old joined Villa in the January transfer window from AFC Bournemouth on loan. He has since shone in claret and blue, making nine appearances and even scoring against Sheffield United.
He has been first choice since joining the club at centre-back, despite the presence of captain James Chester, fellow January signing Kortney Hause, loanee Axel Tuanzebe and recalled Tommy Elphick.
BBC Sport have claimed that Bournemouth signed Mings for £8million from Ipswich Town in June 2015. Bournemouth will be sure to want a similar figure should he leave the Vitality Stadium.
But the most recent report claims Villa can only land Mings on a permanent basis, if they gain promotion this season. Following four consecutive wins, Villa sit in sixth place and another play-off campaign is on the cards.
Mings would be an excellent signing, whether Villa are in the Championship or the Premier League. He offers a class at the back that fans have missed of late – as well as versatility.
The England youth international can also play on the left side of defence. He boasts plenty of speed, prowess in the air due to his height and a quality that is suited to the Premier League.
If Villa are quoted a similar fee to that of which Bournemouth paid Ipswich for Mings, they simply have to sign him. If they gain promotion.