Leicester nudge ahead of Villa in battle to sign £10m-rated full-back

Date published: Wednesday 19th June 2019 6:06

Aston Villa and Leicester City are reportedly set to go head-to-head for Luton Town’s James Justin.

Dean Smith’s newly-promoted side have had a bid around the region of £7.5million rejected, according to the Daily Mirror, as the Hatters are standing firm on the future of their prized asset.

A versatile full-back, Justin enjoyed a superb 2018/19 campaign to spark interest from clubs in the Premier League. Scoring three goals, alongside producing eight assists, he played a pivotal role in Luton’s League One winning campaign, as well as earning himself a place in the League One Team of the Season.

Leicester are now said to be the frontrunners in obtaining Justin’s signature, as Brendan Rodgers is apparently set to move in with a deal worth £12million, which succeeds the initial price tag Luton set on the 21-year-old’s head.

In hindsight, Villa seems like the perfect destination for the promising left-back, when regarding Dean Smith’s fine track record when it comes to developing young, homegrown talent.

The Luton-born flyer would have a far better chance at securing first-team football at Villa given that Neil Taylor hardly looks secure at left-back.

In comparison, Justin would have to compete with England’s current first-choice left-back Ben Chilwell at the King Power Stadium, while he could also provide back-up for Ricardo Pereira at right-back.

However, he may find his path into the first team that much tougher at Leicester, meaning a switch to Villa may provide a more ready-made route into the first team.

On the other hand, Villa aren’t shying away from preparing for Premier League football, as Justin could potentially be their fifth signing of the summer. With, Kortney Hause from Wolves being the most recent.

 

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