By Danny Mills

29th Dec, 2020 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Danny Mills bouncing at Aston Villa transfer reveal from Athletic

Danny Mills has encouraged Aston Villa to sign Bournemouth forward Joshua King in January.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Manchester City and England defender admitted he would be worried about Villa’s productivity if Ollie Watkins was to pick up an injury.

The Athletic reported last week the Midlands giants are eyeing up a move for King after being priced out of a deal for Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard.

The 51-time Norway international has entered the final six months on his contract and came close to leaving the Vitality Stadium in the summer.

Villa bolstered their striker options with the arrival of Watkins in the close season who has been an ever-present this season but Mills has insisted Dean Smith will want more firepower.

He told Football Insider“Villa obviously as we know struggled last season in terms of goals.

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“If Watkins was to get injured, where do they go next? You’re looking to build a good squad to compete on different levels in a congested season. 

“Next season is not going to be any different and the season after with the World Cup in 2022 and the way that’s going to work with a break in November and December. Teams are already thinking ahead to that and looking to the future.

“If you can bring in quality players then it’s always a good idea to have a stronger squad and strength in depth.”

King spent five seasons in the Premier League with the Cherries and scored 48 goals in 161 top-flight games for the club.

However, he is yet to find the net this term in six Championship appearances.

In other news, Kevin Phillips has dropped a shock Ross Barkley claim amid an Aston Villa development.