Aston Villa have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of Manchester United centre-back Axel Tuanzebe.
Reports in recent days and weeks have suggested that Dean Smith’s side have got their sights set on bringing the English defender back to Villa Park for a second spell at the club, and now, Football Insider have delivered an update on the situation.
It said: “The Midlands giants are front of the queue to make a move for the versatile 23-year-old after registering their interest in a deal.
In a highly successful first loan spell at Villa Park, Tuanzebe played 35 times for Villa during the 2018/2019 campaign, helping to secure promotion back to the Premier League via the play-offs.
And then, speaking ahead of Villa’s clash with United back in 2019, Smith himself said: “He is a terrific guy. He’s got a terrific attitude, that is the thing which will stand him in good stead with his career. I can’t speak highly enough of him.
“He was a big part of why we got promoted last season. I loved working with him, and I would like to think I helped in a small part in his development. I look forward to seeing him, but hopefully he doesn’t play too well against us.”
So, it’s no surprise that Villa are targeting a move for Tuanzebe, and given this latest transfer update on their pursuit of the centre-back, there’s no questioning Smith will be buzzing at the prospect of joining forces with him once again.