Aston Villa are weighing up a move for Bristol City defender Adam Webster, according to The Sun.
Dean Smith is aiming to strengthen his defensive options as Villa prepare for life in the Premier League, as the club are yet to reach agreements over moves for loanees Axel Tuanzebe and Tyrone Mings with Manchester United and Bournemouth respectively.
This could lead to Villa expanding their horizon in the search for defensive reinforcement, and they are reportedly considering making a £12million bid to the Robins for Webster’s services.
The 24-year-old was a key figure in Lee Johnson’s side last term, making 44 Championship appearances as Bristol City narrowly missed out on a play-off place on the final day of the season.
The centre-back formed a strong partnership with Chelsea loanee Tomas Kalas at Ashton Gate last season, after he joined the club from Ipswich Town last summer.
Bristol City have reportedly rebuffed Villa’s interest in the defender so far, but a top-flight move is likely to hold a strong appeal with Webster.
This is a surprising move, but it may well indicate that Villa are becoming increasingly doubtful they will be able to secure deals for Tuanzebe and Mings.
The Robins will be very reluctant to let Webster go, but I can’t see him wanting to turn down a move to Villa who could well be able to offer him first-team football in the Premier League.
Webster is excellent defensively while also being comfortable on the ball, which means he has the traits to be extremely well-suited to the top-flight if he makes the move.