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Dean Smith - Aston Villa manager

Over the course of January, I have looked at the rumours surrounding potential transfers involving Villa. We are now entering the final week of the winter transfer window and Villa has only signed two players to date.

We keep talking about it on social media, blogs and the terraces but Villa must improve their defensive options. Especially if we are to have any chance of pushing for the top six.

Tyrone Mings

Mings has been linked with a move this JanuaryOne option we could look at is Tyrone Mings. It is a rumour that has been circulating for a few days now. Bournemouth signed Mings from Ipswich in 2015 for a fee believed to be in the region of £10million. It was thought he would be their future left-back but injuries have blighted his time at the Vitality Stadium.

It is his injuries that give a slight doubt. A torn knee ligament injury in August 2015 ruled him out of action for more than a year. Then in 2017, he picked up a back injury that ruled him out for over seven months.

Villa has reportedly made an official approach and is a deal I hope we can wrap up quickly. Mings has only played 320 minutes of football so far this season but I feel he would improve what we already have. The 25-year-old can play at both left-back and centre-back so his versatility is an added bonus.

Will Vaulks

Another option and possibly a cheaper option would be Rotherham’s Will Vaulks. With FFP still hanging over our heads, this may be the better option.

Vaulks could be an option for SmithMile Jedinak has been linked with a return to Australia this month. Glenn Whelan’s contract isn’t expected to be renewed when it runs out in the summer. Then we have Henri Lansbury he doesn’t seem to be able to remain fit. So Vaulks could be a good defensive midfielder option for Dean Smith.

The twenty-five-year-old has impressed in a struggling Rotherham side this season. He has made twenty-seven appearances, scoring and creating eight goals. Despite creating plenty of chances, he never neglects his defensive duties. The midfielder averages a tackle or interception every 20 minutes.

Vaulks has made the sixth-most tackles (66) and third-most interceptions (54) in the Championship. He could bring some welcome tenacity to our midfield while also offering something different going forward.

There has been a lot of reported interest in Vaulks however. Derby, Norwich and Stoke have all been linked with the £1.5m valued midfielder. It may take a little more than that for Rotherham to consider selling but its certainly a player Smith should take a look at.

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