Aston Villa set to sign Tyrone Mings after £20m fee agreed with Bournemouth

Villa are looking to strengthen their squad after reaching the Premier League via the Championship play-off final last season.

They are desperate to avoid the same fate that befitted the last play-off winners, Fulham, who splurged over £100m before going straight back down.

And there are some big deals going on at Villa Park with the club chiefs not afraid to whack their own chequebook out.

The latest is fan favourite Mings – who spent the latter part of last campaign at the club – and was a major part in their incredible run that took them into the top six.

The centre-back quickly became a huge influence in the dressing room and a permanent move was clearly on his mind when he tweeted a picture of himself in a Villa training kit.

And the transfer is close to completion after John Percy of the Telegraph said that a £20m fee had been agreed with his parent club Bournemouth.

He tweeted: “Tyrone Mings is travelling to Birmingham tonight after #avfc agreed a £20m fee with #afcb.

“Huge coup for Dean Smith and Villa chief executive Christian Purslow.”

The 26-year-old made the move to the Cherries in 2015 after impressing at Ipswich but a knee injury six minutes into his debut ruled him out for over a year.

After four years at the club, he had made just 17 appearances in the Premier League.

But a move to Villa revitalised his career and fans will be over the moon to hear that the defender is set to stay.

Mings is not the only bit of business being done in Birmingham, with Dean Smith keen to improve his squad massively.

Anwar El Ghazi and Kortney Hause have also been confirmed signings, making their loan moves permanent too.

But money has been splashed out on Jota, Matt Targett and Wesley Moraes – the latter breaking the club-record at a fee of £22m.

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