The Daily Mail have claimed Aston Villa have made an enquiry for Huddersfield Town defender Terence Kongolo this summer, though they face competition from Watford for his signature.
Villa are likely to be on the lookout for centre-backs this summer after loan duo Tyrone Mings and Axel Tuanzebe left the club and returned to parent sides AFC Bournemouth and Manchester United.
Tommy Elphick has also joined Huddersfield Town, though Villa have made Kortney Hause’s loan a permanent one from Wolves. He joins James Chester as the only centre-back options at the club.
Dean Smith has identified that area as a problem position and is desperate to add to it, with the club also looking to make Mings’ loan a permanent one before the start of the campaign. Now, Kongolo is said to be a target.
Kongolo joined Huddersfield last summer after a loan from AS Monaco in a club-record £17.5million (Goal) move. He has played for Monaco and won the Dutch Eredivisie with Feyenoord. He also boasts four Netherlands caps.
TBR’s view – Smith has his work cut out
Yes, Kongolo failed to help Huddersfield remain in the Premier League last season despite featuring in 32 of their 38 league games. But the Dutch defender was a rare shining light and is certainly top-tier standard.
Quick at the back but also very powerful, the central defender would be an excellent signing for Smith’s side. However, the lure of Watford and a stronger chance of avoiding a second successive relegation may be tempting.
Kongolo is likely to be a starter for either club, and if Villa are to outweigh Watford, Smith must do everything he can to tempt the Dutch ace into choosing the Midlands over Hertfordshire.