James Justin is the perfect Dean Smith signing for Villa

Aston Villa are reportedly in the race to sign highly rated Luton Town youngster James Justin.

What’s the story?

According to The Daily Mail, Aston Villa and Stoke are both willing to bid for Justin, but face competition from Premier League outfit Leicester City.

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Justin, who racked up nine assists this season from left-back, has just one year left on his contract, though there is an option to extend it for another year.

According to the report, the League One champions want £5m for the 19 year-old.

Dean Smith written all over it

With Alan Hutton, Ahmed Elmohamady and Neil Taylor all in their thirties, Villa are crying out for a revamp at the full-back position.

And it’s no surprise to see Dean Smith is interested in Justin, who is capable of playing on either flank, effectively making £5m to secure his services an absolute bargain.

The teenager was named in the League One team of the season for his performances with the Hatters, as he scored three times to go with his nine assists.

Smith has shown at Brentford and already at Villa how much he can improve young players, and Justin marks the perfect project.

He has bags of pace, is durable and versatile (he appeared in 43 out of 46 League One games), excellent in the final third and of course young enough to grow and improve at Villa Park.

This is exactly the type of signing Smith was brought to the Midlands to work with.