By Will Butcher
Aston Villa and Derby County have thrown their hats into the transfer ring to sign Bristol City captain Aden Flint, according to a report.
The Sun’s transfer expert Alan Nixon claimed in Sunday’s paper edition (page 63) that both sides will have to pay a huge £5million for the 6ft 5in colossus this summer.
This comes after the Sun also revealed earlier in the week that Premier League clubs West Ham and West Brom were keeping tabs on the 27-year-old, who has starred for the Robins this term.
Bristol City’s number four has clocked up a huge 53 appearances in all competitions this season for Lee Johnson’s Robins, as he proves consistent in a side that fought against relegation.
Known for his goalscoring prowess, Flint has scored five goals for the Robins this season as well as providing two assists and has found the back of the net 29 times in 199 City outings.
However, Flint could be scoring goals in different colours next year, if indeed the reportedly interested parties look to move for the former Swindon Town stopper.
It also remains to be seen if Flint wants to leave his role as skipper at Ashton Gate, with three years still to run on his current contract.
Football Insider verdict:
Villa need a centre-back. Steve Bruce has seen his side ship too many goals this season, while not scoring enough themselves, and that has ultimately cost them an instant return to the Premier League. Captain James Chester has excelled at the back but Tommy Elphick and Nathan Baker have both been intermittently used as his central defensive partners. Bringing Flint to Villa Park will end that defensive inconsistency, as he would slot in alongside Chester and look to form a formidable partnership with the Wales international. At £5million, Flint will not come cheap but he does hold the defensive nous required to stop the league’s deadliest attackers.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, a deal worth £2.6million has been completed for this midfielder.