Date: 21st January 2019 at 6:20am
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According to the Daily Mail, Aston Villa are competing with West Bromwich Albion to sign Tyrone Mings on loan for the rest of the season. The Bournemouth defender may be allowed to leave if the Cherries sign Chris Mepham from Brentford, but Eddie Howe is reportedly been reluctant to let the Englishman leave Dean Court.

Mings has been short of playing time since his return from injury and could jump at the chance of regular first-team football elsewhere – something Deam Smith should capitalise upon. Villa have a fervent need to solidify their options at left-back as Neil Taylor has struggled with injuries this season and may benefit from healthy competition to keep his performance levels high.

Albion aren’t giving up on Mings either, so they still pose a threat in Villa’s bid to strengthen their defence, but he’d be a brilliant addition to the side. The 25-year-old, who can also play at centre-back, has made just 23 appearances for Bournemouth due to injury problems.

He was signed from Ipswich Town in 2015 and has spent the majority of his time on the treatment table. This season, Mings has made seven appearances in all competitions, but he’s amassed a meagre 320 minutes of playing time in the Premier League and EFL Cup. He’s certainly worth a punt.

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