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Dean Smith keen on Aston Villa reunion with 21-year-old

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Aston Villa are in the hunt for another centre back, and have turned their heads to Brentford youngster Ezri Konsa, according to the Daily Mail.

The club have already purchased two centre halves in this window in Kortney Hause and Tyrone Mings, for a reported £26.5million and £3million respectively.

The report also suggests that they want to bring back Manchester United’s Axel Tuanzebe, however Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to assess the player during pre-season before making a decision on his future.

Villa are also rumoured to be interested in Bristol City’s Adam Webster, but the West Country club have put a whopping £30million price tag on the centre half, according the Bristol Post.

Manager Dean Smith has experience with Konsa before after previously coaching him at Brentford, and in fact bringing him to the club from Charlton the season previously.

Brentford have signed two centre halves in Pontus Jansson and Ethan Pinnock, meaning that there could be space for a departure in that position.

Konsa played 42 times in the Championship last season and was one of the club’s stand out performers, earning him a position in the England u-21 squad for the Euros.

The Verdict

Konsa had a fantastic debut season in the Championship last season, and has potentially done enough to show that he is ready for a level above that.

I think the move could suit everyone, with Brentford stocking up on centre backs they could make some big profits, and Konsa would have the opportunity to play in the Premier League and develop with a coach he knows and trusts.

Konsa should be available for considerably less than Webster, and even though the latter had a more standout season last term, Konsa has plenty of room to grow.


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