Tommy Elphick might well be heading out of Aston Villa before the end of August.
The 30-year-old joined Villa from Bournemouth in 2016, but has largely struggled to settle at Villa Park – making just six first-team appearances in the first half of last season before moving to Reading on loan.
Birmingham Live have reported that Villa boss Steve Bruce is unlikely to sanction a loan move for Elphick unless another centre-back arrives.
However, Queens Park Rangers are being strongly linked with the defender, with the R’s said to be confident of securing a deal.
Elphick captained Villa in their 1-0 defeat to Burton Albion in the EFL Cup on Tuesday night, but the 6ft 2in ace’s future at the club is still very much unclear.
The Villa fans have been reacting to the exit reports on social media, and have once again taken the chance to have a go at Bruce when it comes to Elphick’s future.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
By the sounds of things, Bree has now got ahead of him at CB. Really don’t know what he has to do in order for Bruce to play him short of taking out the entire squad of defenders & midfielders
— Mark Branigan 🇮🇪 (@81villans) August 29, 2018
He may as well as he would sooner play the cleaner at CB that him
— LukeCharlesEjdowski (@MrPBateman84) August 29, 2018
What is wrong with that clown Bruce we need centre half’s and he’s trying to get rid of them, for God sake Mr Sawarris/Edens sack him.
— tonymartin (@tonymartin82211) August 29, 2018
Is it me or is Elphick just not very good? #avfc
— Anthony Jacobs (@Ant1987) August 28, 2018
He might aswell go, bruce will players strikers at cb before an actual cb
— Anthony Skelding (@SkeldingAnthony) August 29, 2018
Why on earth would he even think about letting Elphick leave even if we signed another one, shambolic bloke
— •JACK• (@JackTheVillan11) August 29, 2018