Danny Mills has suggested that Aston Villa could have a slight advantage as they battle Newcastle United for Liverpool winger Harry Wilson this summer.

The former Leeds and England defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that Villa’s geographical location, being in proximity to the 22-year-old’s former loan side Derby County, could play a part in where he ends up.

As revealed by Football Insider, Newcastle United are hoping to beat the Villans to the capture of the Reds wide man after his dazzling form in the Championship, Wilson netting 18 goals across all competitions for Derby.

Asked if either side could consider themselves favourites over the other, Mills suggested that game time would be the decisive factor but that Villa being close to his old team could sway things slightly in their favour.

Mills told Football Insider: “Where’s he likely to go? Aston Villa is down the road, played at Derby, it’s not too far away. He could still live in the Liverpool area, that could play a part.

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“I think it will come down to the fact of where he is considered more likely to get first-team football and more regular first-team football.

“He will have no allegiance to Newcastle, he will have no allegiance to Aston Villa – he will clearly have an allegiance to Liverpool – but he will just want to go and play football and do the best he possibly can.”

The 11-cap Wales international has only played once for Liverpool’s senior side since breaking through the youth system on Merseyside, with loan spells at Hull City and Crewe Alexandra coming before his stint with Derby.

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