Everton fight Aston Villa for impressive enforcer

Everton are ready to make a £2.5 million move for Bristol City defender Aden Flint this summer according to The Daily Star, but face competition from Aston Villa for his signature.

The Toffees have had success in signing defenders from the Football League in the past, with John Stones moving to Goodison Park from Barnsley and going on to become a revelation.

Flint has impressed over recent years for City and has a habit of scoring goals from the centre of defence.

The report suggests that Roberto Martinez is looking to strengthen his options at the heart of the team’s rearguard, especially with Phil Jagielka ageing and John Stones set to be in real demand again this summer.

Villa see Flint as a player that can help them bounce back from the Championship, while the Merseyside outfit feel that the versatile star could be ready to play in the top tier.

A bidding war this summer is expected for a player that looks set to make a move up in the world.