Date: 30th June 2019 at 9:00am
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Aston Villa would be getting their hands on a quality centre back if they can prise Adam Webster away from Bristol City this summer, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds United star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims that the 24-year-old ticks a lot of boxes as a defender and with Villa needing options at the back understands why Dean Smith’s side are chasing his capture.

The Villans were reported by Sky Sports to have tabled a £12million bid for the Bristol ace and while the Championship side turned down the play-off winners, Villa are said to planning to return with a second offer.

Whelan insists that despite Webster’s lack of top flight experience, with his professional career seeing him play from the National League up to the Championship, £12million is about the right amount Villa can expect to pay for a player of his quality and talents.

“He’s a good player, he’s good on the ball, he’s got the attributes you want from a centre half. He’s got age on his side as well,” Whelan told Football Insider.

“He can be dominant, very good in the air, dangerous from set pieces in attack as well and also can play out for the back – £12million these days is not a lot of money when you think about players, it’s really not. These days, it’s probably the going rate for someone that age and that potential.

“It doesn’t surprise me that he’s in the hunt for a centre half.”

Webster, who has also featured for Portsmouth and Ipswich, played in all but two of Bristol City’s Championship games during the 2018/19 campaign, finding the back of the net three times.

Also able to play as a defensive midfielder, he has featured 98 times in the second tier.

In other Aston Villa news, it can be REVEALED the Villans are on the brink of securing another defensive signing from the Premier League.