It appears Aston Villa have finalised a deal to bring Tyrone Mings to Villa Park permanently. But reports are suggesting that will not stop their pursuit of another expensive centre-back in Adam Webster.
Mings spent the second half of last season on loan at Aston Villa from Bournemouth. The centre-back went on to thrive at Villa Park and played a pivotal role in their promotion campaign.
Aston Villa’s hopes of signing him this summer have been dogged by suggestions that Bournemouth had overpriced the defender.
However, Aston Villa are now set to spend an eventual £26.5 million on the player. The Guardian report on that deal also mentions Bristol City defender Adam Webster.
Many may have assumed that Webster was being targeted as a potential alternative to Mings. However, this latest report suggests Villa ‘remain keen’ on the talented 24-year-old.
The Bristol Post reported last month that Aston Villa had a £12 million bid for Webster rejected. The report claims the Robins slapped a £30 million price-tag on the player, with Villa hoping to get that figure down to £20-£25 million.
Now it seems Aston Villa will continue to pursue Webster, perhaps with the aim of pairing him with Mings in the heart of the Villa Park defence.
So it could be Aston Villa start next season with two £20 million plus centre-backs, if they can add Webster to the squad.