By Danny Wright

6th Jun, 2017 | 8:26pm

Three reasons why Aston Villa should re-sign this Bruce favourite

COMMENT By Danny Wright

Aston Villa have to make improvements to their defence over the summer and should do so by re-signing centre-back Curtis Davies.

The Mirror reported on Tuesday that Derby are close to signing the 32-year-old from Hull for £500,000, which means the Birmingham-based outfit need to act quickly in order to get him.

Here are three reasons why Villa should try to sign Davies:

Steve Bruce favourite

It’s always better when manager and player get along well. With Bruce and Davies you have two experienced men, both with great knowledge of playing as centre-backs, who have worked with each other on a number of occasions before. Davies worked with the Villa boss at Birmingham and Hull, and in both spells he was easily the stand-out performer in their sides. Bruce’s son Alex Bruce has recently been released by the Tigers and people are beginning to wonder if the father-son combination will hook up again. It’s likely that fans will not be hoping that and instead Villa snap up the Bruce favourite that has a far greater reputation.

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The Mirror claims that Davies is available for £500,000 and Villa are looking to operate this summer on a shoestring budget thanks to Financial Fair Play regulations. Half a million for a player with Davies’ experience and qualities should definitely be ringing alarm bells among the Villa Park recruitment experts because there’s no way that they should sit by and let Derby snap up a player like the Hull stopper. The ex-West Brom captain has led his current employers to play-off success in the past and also was a key feature in helping them reach Wembley.

Unfinished business

Davies’ previous spell at Villa Park wasn’t exactly a great one. It started well but before too long he was sat on the bench or suffering with serious injuries. He may feel like he has unfinished business to attend to in the West Midlands after annoying West Brom fans with his Hawthorns exit to only have a very turbulent spell just down the road. The former England Under-21 international spent four years with the Villains but half of that time saw him play just two league games. It’s definitely time for round two in the claret and blue.

In other Aston Villa news, this 23-year-old is being eyed up by a Serie A club.

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