By support

10th Jan, 2017 | 10:35am

Aston Villa edging closer to 19-year-old wonderkid signing, talks ongoing - reliable journalist

By Will Butcher

Aston Villa are closing in on a move to sign Barnsley ace James Bree, according to a reliable journalist.

The Sun correspondent Alan Nixon revealed on his personal Twitter account that talks were well underway between the two sides, as the 19-year-old continues to impress on the right side of defence at Oakwell.

The Sun claimed on Monday that manager Steve Bruce was ready to offer as much as £4million to sign the Championship star, as Alan Hutton’s contract enters its final six months.

However, Villa are not the only ones that are believed to be interested in the Tykes’ number two, with a whole host of Premier League clubs tempted.

The Mirror claim that Spurs have been keeping tabs on Bree, while Southampton, Manchester United, City, Arsenal and West Ham are also keen on the right-back.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

With less than six months remaining on his contract, Bree is likely to be allowed to leave in January as manager Paul Heckingbottom looks to avoid losing him on a free transfer.

Bree broke into the Barnsley side aged just 16 in May 2014 against QPR, and has gone on to make 58 appearances in all competitions for the Yorkshire outfit.

Football Insider verdict:

Bree is a huge talent and should be brought in at all costs by promotion expert Bruce, especially with Scotland international Hutton’s contract winding down. Despite his young age, Bree is already good enough to surpass the former Spurs right-back into Villa’s first-choice side and would provide Villa with quality good enough to fight against relegation should they secure Premier League promotion this season. Even if Villa decide to extend the contract of 32-year-old Hutton, the Wakefield born ace would still be a top signing and would learn from the much more experienced Hutton who has played in Spain, Scotland and England.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, talks have been also held with this £24,000-a-week left-back.