Aston Villa manager Dean Smith faces competition from Middlesbrough and West Brom if he wishes to take midfielder Romaine Sawyers from his old club Brentford to Villa Park, according to Sun journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter.
Smith will feel he is in poll position to sign the talented 27-year-old, who worked with him not only at Brentford, but previously at Walsall as well.
So should Villa look to tie up a deal for Sawyers as soon as possible?
“Smith knows the player well, so you’ve got to say he’d be a good addition.
“We are starting to see what Smith wants from Villa, but results aren’t good and they look like they need fresh blood.
“Having thought about it, Sawyers could be someone that gets this side going.”
“He’d be excellent.
“Sawyers is a powerful individual and he ran the game at the weekend against Stoke.
“Villa seem to be lacking some oompf right now and so I think he’d be a superb arrival.”
“I like the idea of Romaine Sawyers, but I’m not sure where he fits at Villa.
“They’ve got a great midfield, McGinn, Grealish and even the likes of Jedinak and Bjarnason.
2Whilst Sawyers is a decent player, the fit isn’t right for me.”
“This is a signing that would seem inevitable from the outside.
“One of Brentford’s star players being linked with his former manager is a tale as old as time when it comes to football transfers.
“Sawyers has it all and would be a real solid addition to Villa Park, and it is a signing that needs to be wrapped up as soon as possible with other clubs in the market for the 27-year-old.
“Villa have the advantage considering Smith signed him for the Bees from his former side and could well do so once more with Villa.”