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Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl mulls over left-back situation amid Aston Villa’s £10m Matt Targett links

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Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl mulls over left-back situation amid Aston Villa’s £10m Matt Targett links

Jake Vokins will be promoted to back-up left-back.

Southampton are likely to sell one of their top two left-backs this summer. According to The Daily Echo, Ralph Hasenhuttl is weighing up whether to sell Ryan Bertrand or Matt Targett.

Bertrand and Targett currently vie for the starting left-back spot. Hasenhuttl rates both players but has accepted that one of them should probably be sold this summer.

The Austrian wants to keep one of Bertrand and Targett. And then he will promote promising youngster Jake Vokins as the second-choice left-back at the St Mary’s Stadium.

Hasenhuttl’s decision is likely to interest Aston Villa. According to The Sun, Dean Smith wants to bring Targett to Aston Villa in a £10m deal.

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The Villans wanted Targett last summer but missed out. Now, they are ready to reignite their interest and sign him to provide competition with Neil Taylor.

 

Aston Villa are weighing up their summer options and have a number of players on their wishlist. Left-back is an area Smith wants to strengthen and Targett could be on the move.

TBR’s view

If Targett becomes available, this could be a shrewd signing for Aston Villa. The 23-year-old is young and ready for a fresh start after drifting in and out of the Southampton team over the past few seasons.

£10m is quite a steep price for Targett so they might want to drive that valuation down. But this is an area which needs immediate attention. Taylor’s form has been questionable over the past two seasons and Smith needs an alternative option at left-back.

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