By Aramide Oladipo

Aston Villa have emphatically rejected a deadline day bid from Championship rivals Sunderland for defender Tommy Elphick, according to a report.

Sky Sports claimed on their transfer centre blog (14.56pm, Thursday) that the Black Cats tabled an offer worth £1million for the 29-year-old but it was quickly rebuffed by Villa.

It is also said that Sunderland attempted to sign the central defender on a loan deal yesterday but this offer was also turned down.

Elphick was an important member of the Villa first-team last season after securing a permanent move from Premier League side Bournemouth in the summer.

The Englishman captained the side on a number of occasions and he featured in 26 league matches last season.

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The defender has been left out of the every single matchday squad for Villa in the Championship this season, although he did captain the side to a 4-1 victory in the Caribou Cup against Wigan Athletic last week.

The defender currently has two years remaining on his contract at Villa Park.

Football Insider verdict

Although Elphick doesn’t currently seem to fit in Steve Bruce’s plans, he still might have a part to play for Villa as the season drags on. It is clear that he is still considered to be an important member of the squad as he has already been given the captain’s armband this season. Also, it is very smart of Villa refusing to sell to a league rival as the defender could easily shine at the Stadium of Light and selling him could come back to haunt them by the end of the campaign. It would be interesting to see how Villa react if a Premier League team come knocking at the door for Elphick’s signature before the end of the transfer window.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club have ambushed Leeds’ attempt to sign a £59,000-a-week ace.

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