By Gabriel Agbonlahor

6th Jul, 2021 | 6:00pm

Aston Villa told to complete 'perfect' Tuanzebe signing by his friend after Man United update

Axel Tuanzebe would be a “perfect” signing for Aston Villa, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer revealed the club’s “always liked” the versatile defender.

Football Insider learned yesterday (5 July) Villa have been given encouragement that Man United are willing to sell Tuanzebe this summer.

The Midlands outfit have sounded out United about a potential deal and they will listen to offers if they can find a replacement.

Tuanzebe is well known to Villa fans after two loan spells with the club.

That culminated in them winning promotion back to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs in the 2018/19 campaign.

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Asked whether Tuanzebe would be a good signing, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “100 per cent.

“The club’s always liked Axel. I was there when he was there and he’s a great talent.

“It would just be the perfect fourth-choice centre-back and second-choice right-back. The signing makes perfect sense.

“They’ve lost Engels. Axel can come in as cover for Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa and Kortney Hause. Plus he can be back-up for Matty Cash at right-back. You’ve got Ashley Young as cover for left-back as well.

“For me, it’s the perfect signing and it makes sense. It’s not going to cost you an arm and a leg. It just makes sense for the club.”

Since returning to Manchester United in 2019 Tuanzebe has played 29 times across all competitions.

The 23-year-old featured in 19 games last term but made just four Premier League starts.

In other news, Aston Villa are submitting a near-record bid amid a U-turn hint.