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Aston Villa could do with a defender of Jansson’s quality

Aston Villa should consider an ambitious swoop for Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson.

What’s the word?

It is no secret that the Midlands outfit could do with some fresh bodies at the back.

John Terry, Tommy Elphick and Christopher Samba all left the club in the summer, leaving the club threadbare in terms of recognised centre-backs.

With the window closed, Villa will have to settle for a free agent if manager Steve Bruce is keen to recruit before the market reopens in January.

One man who would be an ideal fit for the Midlands outfit is Leeds United’s Pontus Jansson.

The 27-year-old played the full 90 minutes of Sweden’s 2-0 defeat to Austria, and even though he was on the losing side, the defender had a strong individual display.

Is a deal likely?

It would be a surprise if the Whites offloaded Jansson midway through a season, and it would crush plenty of supporters.

The solid centre-back, who has made just three Championship appearances this season due to injury, has become quite a fan favourite.

Jansson has been a pillar of strength at the back, and has also shown leadership skills when on the field.

The Swede still has three-and-a-half years on his contract, so if Villa were to make a bid, they would have to fork up a hefty amount to get a deal done.

Given the club’s recent financial strife, a mid-season transfer for Jansson would be hugely unlikely.

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