Aston Villa are interested in a deal for Brentford defender Rico Henry this month, according to the Birmingham Mail.
Villans manager Dean Smith knows 21-year-old Henry very well indeed – he worked with him at both Walsall and Brentford – and is reportedly keen to reunite with him once more at Villa Park.
Henry is a left-back by trade – although he can play on the left of midfield as well – and would help ease the defensive crisis Smith inherited from his predecessor Steve Bruce.
In Neil Taylor, Smith has a left-back option who has played in the Premier League and at international level, but he has not been at his best so far this season.
Henry would be an upgrade on the Welshman; the former Swansea man’s legs are beginning to slow down but Henry is a young man with plenty of experience at the start of his career and he is only going to get better.
Taylor would provide useful backup – and Alan Hutton can always play on the left at a push – but Villa are in need of a long-term replacement on the left of defence.
There isn’t a manager who knows Henry better than Smith, making him the ideal man to oversee the defender’s development at Villa Park long-term; while in the short-term, putting together a defence to get Villa into the top six.