Aston Villa are likely to table a summer bid for in-form loanee Tyrone Mings, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United striker and Championship expert is confident the Midlands giants will make a move to land the centre-back permanently.
But Whelan suggested Villa may need to get promoted to be able to afford the Bournemouth player following his outstanding form of recent months.
Mings has been instrumental in Villa flying up the league table during a 10-match winning run to cement a place in the end-of-season play-offs.
“He has been brilliant for Villa and you can see what a top defender he is,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Obviously, plenty of other clubs will be seeing that, too.
“It helps Villa that he appears settled and happy there, and I would imagine they want to sign him permanently. I’m expecting a Villa bid but their chances of getting him depends on the play-offs.
“It’s very similar to Leeds in that their transfer policy and who comes and goes will largely depend on what division they’re in.”
Mings has a contract with Bournemouth until the summer of 2022 but has barely played for the club since joining from Ipswich Town in the summer of 2015.
The 26-year-old has accumulated just 23 Cherries appearances, partly due to the fact he has missed huge chunks of time due to serious knee and back injuries.
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