Lewis Dunk would be a perfect alternative to Tyrone Mings for Aston Villa

Aston Villa are set to turn their attention in the transfer market to Lewis Dunk, according to a report from The Sun.

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The Villans have done some great business in the transfer window so far, adding Wesley to their ranks on Thursday whilst also signing Anwar El Ghazi and Jota.

However, their efforts are now set to turn to defensive signings according to The Sun who claim they’ll now be focusing on Dunk, Jack Butland and Matt Targett.

The former has been the subject of a potential £30m move to Leicester per TEAMtalk but it now appears Villa are also in the running for the Brighton defender.

Alternative to Mings

Bringing back Tyrone Mings remains a real possibility after his fantastic loan spell in the Midlands.

The Telegraph claim that talks are ongoing with Bournemouth over a potential move but a transfer may not happen until the end of the month.

But despite their interest in the Cherries defender, bringing in Dunk would be an even bigger statement.

The 27-year-old was a rock at the back for Brighton in 2018/19, establishing himself as one of the most consistent and reliable English defenders in the Premier League.

As a result, he’d be a perfect alternative to Mings if they fail to bring him back to Villa Park.

Standing at 6 ft 4, Dunk is only an inch smaller than the Bournemouth man meaning that the pair are incredibly similar in the way they play the game.

In the top-flight last term Villa’s latest target won 3.3 aerial duels per game. Mings, on the other hand, won three aerials on average in the Championship.

In terms of their reading of the game they’re also very alike, something that’s evident in the number of interceptions they make per match. Dunk made 1.3 on average whilst the former Ipswich centre-back made 1.2.

At £30m the signing of Dunk would be hugely expensive, especially after bringing in Wesley for £22.25m.

However, as far as finding proven Premier League defenders go, he’d be a stellar addition to Dean Smith’s squad.