In Focus: Aston Villa eyeing Joe Lewis suggests Sam Johnstone deal could be dead

According to reports in The Scottish Sun, Aston Villa are tracking Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis despite the fact that he only signed a new deal with the Scottish Premiership club in the summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Scottish Sun says that the Midlands club sent former Manchester United and Manchester City stopper Tony Coton to go and watch the 30-year-old in action against Hibernian on Saturday.

Coton certainly would have been impressed with what he saw too, with Lewis securing a third clean sheet in his last four league games as he continued his fine form for the Dons following a move from Cardiff City in 2016.

The Scottish Sun adds that while Steve Bruce currently has Red Devils loanee Sam Johnstone between the sticks, he is keeping his long term options open as the Championship outfit look to secure a return to the Premier League this season.

How good has Lewis been for Aberdeen?

He has been excellent.

The 30-year-old was named in PFA Scottish Premiership Team of the Year last season ahead of Celtic’s Craig Gordon and the goalkeeper, who has five caps for the England Under-21s, has kept 28 clean sheets and conceded 60 goals in 68 appearances in all competitions for the Dons.

Would he be a good signing for Villa?

He certainly would be.

Lewis made his name with Peterborough but despite struggling in spells at a number of clubs after leaving London Road, he looks to be getting back to his best north of the border.

The tall stopper would certainly have a point to prove if he did make the move back to the Championship having failed to make the grade there for Fulham and Cardiff City in recent years, however Bruce would need to question whether he is good enough to make the step up to the Premier League seeing as that is the aim for the club.

What about Sam Johnstone?

While Villa probably would have been hoping that they could sign Johnstone from Manchester United at the end of his second loan spell for the club, the scouting of Lewis would suggest it isn’t quite going to be that simple.

Perhaps Bruce already knows that he won’t be able to get the 24-year-old on a permanent basis from the Red Devils, which has meant that he has had to turn his attentions elsewhere.