Phillips lifts the lid on Hughes after Athletic's Aston Villa transfer report
Kevin Phillips claims Will Hughes would be a useful addition to the Aston Villa ranks if he is signed this summer.
The Sunderland icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insists the 26-year-old has proved himself at Watford.
The midfielder is heading into the final year of his Watford contract.
It is said talks are underway over a five-year deal but that the Hornets could sell up if terms cannot be agreed.
Hughes made 30 Championship appearances last season as Watford secured promotion back to the Premier League.
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Phillips coached Hughes when the pair were at Derby together and he claims a move to Villa would be great for the player.
“He could be a good addition,” Phillips told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“Will is a very technical player. When I worked with him at Derby, I always felt he had to play in the right position, sitting in midfield.
“He’s shown he can do that at Watford. He’s got a lot of work to do coming back into the Premier League.
“That could be one that goes under the radar a little bit but he could a great signing.”
Hughes moved to Vicarage Road in 2017 after six years with Derby County.
To date, he has made 118 appearances for the Hornets in all competitions.