Aston Villa defender Tommy Elphick targeted by QPR

Queens Park Rangers are looking to bolster their defence with the addition of Aston Villa’s Tommy Elphick, Sky Sports reports.

What’s the word?

After a difficult start to the new Championship season, QPR boss Steve McClaren is frantically searching the loan market before Friday’s deadline in pursuit of further additions – and he is eyeing a raid on a fellow Championship side.

The West London side have struggled defensively so far this term and Sky Sports states QPR have targeted Aston Villa defender Tommy Elphick as a result, with McClaren’s team looking to complete a season-long loan deal for the 30-year-old.

Elphick has struggled for regular opportunities at Villa Park since joining from Bournemouth in 2016, lifting the Championship title the previous year while captain of the Cherries, earning just 31 appearances in the two years since.

The experienced defender spent the second half of last season on loan with Reading and his only Championship appearance so far for Villa came on the opening day of the season when he scored in a 3-1 win over Hull City.

Should Villa allow a move?

While Elphick faces a battle to earn opportunities at Aston Villa under Steve Bruce, the promotion hopefuls do not boast enough depth in the middle of the defence and should, therefore, block a potential loan move for the 30-year-old to QPR.

James Chester and Mile Jedinak have been the first-choice pairing for Bruce’s side so far this season but Villa lack options beyond them and Elphick, which is why the club are pushing for defensive signings of their own before Friday’s deadline.

While a new arrival at the heart of defence could potentially allow Elphick an opportunity to move on, such a deal would simply hand Villa the same problems in the months to come and the former Bournemouth skipper must be kept at the club.