EXCLUSIVE

Former England star Danny Mills has said he expects Aston Villa to seal a deal for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland “very quickly” after reports stating they had joined the hunt for the 26-year-old.

Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insists that a move to Villa Park makes sense for the player on both a personal and professional basis, claiming the Potters’ shot stopper needs to move from the Championship back into the Premier League if he is to keep his place in the England squad.

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Sky Sports report that Aston Villa have joined top flight rivals Bournemouth in seeking the 6ft 5in giant’s signing and Mills believes that the newly promoted side will have little trouble getting him on board.

“He clearly needs to play Premier League football, needs to get himself back in the spotlight if he’s to retain his England spot,” Mills told Football Insider.

“It’s a fairly easy one – it’s probably like ‘Stay with us for a season after relegation and we’ll reassess.’ He doesn’t have to move house, he stays settled, it’s an easy move for him. He’s a very, very good keeper. 

“I can see that happening very, very quickly.” 

Butland, who has nine caps under his belt for England, appeared in all but one of Stoke’s Championship games following relegation to the second tier and has 77 Premier League matches under his belt.

His last Three Lions outing came in November 2018 as he sits behind Everton’s Jordan Pickford in the pecking order.

In other Aston Villa news, it can be REVEALED that Dean Smith’s side have set their sights on a pair of senior Premier League players at one southern club.