Dean Smith is “aching” for Aston Villa to succeed in their bid to sign Tyrone Mings from Bournemouth, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Leeds United striker is convinced the giant centre-back has the ability to be a major force in the Premier League next season.

A Villa source has told Football Insider the club are working on a deal to convert the centre-back’s loan into a permanent deal and have already held extensive talks with the Cherries.

Mings joined from Bournemouth in the January window and transformed Villa’s previously stuttering defence with a series of outstanding performances culminating in their play-off triumph in late May.

“I’m sure Villa are doing everything they can go sign Tyrone Mills permanently,” Whelan said. “He transformed their defence when he signed, stopped the rot and was absolutely integral to them getting promotion.

“He is a stunning centre-back, he really is. The sky is the limit for him, because he ticks every box – dominant, powerful, quick, technically good, excellent in both boxes, reads the game, communicates well.


“They would be silly not to push the boat out to sign him, especially when you see them spending big money on Wesley Moraes and Matt Targett. Clearly, there is money to spend.

“Mings is the most important player. He is the leader at the backs. Dean Smith is aching for him to join, I’m sure.

Mings has only made 23 appearances in four years at Bournemouth since signing from Ipswich Town, mainly due to a serious of serious injuries.

The 26-year-old, who has a contract with the Cherries until the summer of 2022, has returned to his parent club but has spoken of how much he loved his time at Villa Park after reviving his career there.

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