Aston Villa in talks to sign Matt Targett from Southampton

Matt Targett
Image: Matt Targett played 21 times for Southampton last season

Aston Villa are in talks to sign Matt Targett from Southampton, Sky Sports News understands.

The Midlands side are seeking to strengthen their team ahead of their first campaign back in the Premier League since 2016.

They have already signed striker Wesley from Club Brugge and winger Jota from rivals Birmingham, as well as making the loan deals of Anwar El Ghazi and Kortney Hause permanent.

Targett would compete with Neil Taylor for the left-back position in Dean Smith's side.

He featured 21 times for Southampton last season, and has made 63 appearances in total for the club since making his debut five years ago.

Nathan Redmond celebrates his goal with Matt Targett
Image: Targett has spent his whole career at St Mary's, with the exception of a six-month loan spell at Fulham in 2018

Targett spent the second half of the 2017/18 season on loan at Fulham, and was part of the side that beat Villa in the Championship play-off final.

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