Aston Villa will need more than Jake Livermore if they return to top-flight

As reported by The Daily Mail, Aston Villa are interested in signing West Bromwich Albion midfielder Jake Livermore this summer, but only if they gain promotion to the English Premier League.

What’s the story?

A confidence-boosting win over Cardiff City on Tuesday night has given the Villans fresh hope of automatic promotion to the top-flight next term, although it looks more likely they will have to run the gauntlet that is the Championship play-offs.

If they do make it up, key to their survival next term will be attracting the right kind of talent in the summer transfer window.

One player they’re interested in is Jake Livermore, according to The Daily Mail, who currently plays for relegation certainties and Villa rivals West Bromwich Albion.

The paper reckon that Steve Bruce’s side are one of a number of teams tracking his situation, with the player set to be part of a mass exodus from The Hawthorns this summer.

Rated at £8.1m by Transfermarkt, is he the kind of signing Villa should be going for?

Premier League quality?

Livermore may have years of valuable top-flight experience under his belt and England caps to his name, but he’s shown little this season that would suggest he could make a big impact at Villa Park next term in the Premier League.

West Brom have been woeful this season and with 29 appearances for the side, Livermore has played a big part in that.

Villa need to be more creative with their transfer targets and attract young, hungry and ambitious players who are eager to show the world what they’re capable of, whereas Livermore has looked like a player going through the motions this season.