Date: 21st August 2018 at 9:00am
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With Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce being in the hunt for a new left-back this summer with Joe Bryan almost secured late on ahead of the permanent transfer deadline slamming shut, his eventual switch to Fulham has seen us linked with the man the Cottagers had made their top target.

Southampton youngster Matt Targett was their top go-to this summer but Saints rejected a reported £15million offer for him, leading to their interest in Bryan, but you don’t have to look far at the Mirror’s report (print Aug 19th, P64) before Tony Pulis and Middlesbrough make an appearance.

Having come through the St Mary’s outfit’s Academy system, the 22-year-old is extremely highly rated and plenty of their fans want him in their future given how he’s impressed in 43 appearances for them. He also spent time with Fulham last year helping them to promotion with 21 appearances following his arrival late in January.

If this isn’t just paper talk he is the right kind of quality we should be looking at but again, will we just be training someone else up with no power to benefit from that longer term?

With fantastic forward planning at the club previously, it’s not like we have any choice in the matter though at this stage but given Targett had a fantastic effect at Fulham, shoring up the defence and allowing Ryan Sessegnon to get further forward, maybe we can capitalise on that as well with our attacking players?

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