Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce

Aston Villa have joined the race to sign defender Tobias Pachonik as his contract at Italian club Carpi FC draws to a close, according to a report.

Turkish-Football claims that Southampton, Eintracht Frankfurt and Fiorentina are also keen on the right-sided flyer this summer.

It is understood that the 23-year-old will be available on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer with Italian second-tier club Carpi.

Pachonik is an attack-minded right-back that impressed this season and was named in the Serie B team of the season as a result.

Football Insider verdict:

Pachonik has impressed in Italy during the past 12 months and the German is certainly an attractive option on a free transfer. His versatility to play anywhere along the right wing is a huge bonus, while he has also filled in at centre-back when required this campaign. He is yet to really establish himself at an elite level and Villa should perhaps consider pursing somebody with some more experience of the English leagues. Steve Bruce’s side agonisingly lost out to Fulham 1-0 in the play-off finals at the weekend and will have to prepare for another season of Championship football. The Midlands giants fell just short on the day against a superior opposition and are just a few players short going into next year. It is absolutely vital that they try to keep a core group of players that can go again next year, but do have the Financial Fair Play cloud hanging over them to consider.

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