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.
Aston Villa want to sign Matt Targett on loan from Southampton; but will face competition from Boro. [mirror] #avfc
— villareport (@villareport) August 19, 2018
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?
Feels the same as a Boro fan.. Are we sharing the same scout? Ha
— The Swan on the Bike (@RichardSwan1982) August 19, 2018
Targett, Ojo and Abraham would improve AV significantly. Still need another CB though.
— DG (@grantorrr) August 19, 2018
We all know how this went last time
— Matt (@MainManMiIe) August 19, 2018
Villa target Targett. I’ll get my coat
— Nick Nelson (@nelsonusm) August 19, 2018
I could say the same about yous haha #utb
— Callum ???????????????????????????? (@SwalesCallum) August 20, 2018
— Brian O Flaherty (@Flatsy1) August 19, 2018
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?