Aston Villa are expected to make a £4 million offer for Barnsley full-back James Bree, according to the Birmingham Mail.

The teenager has enjoyed an impressive first half of the campaign for the Tykes, and Villa boss Steve Bruce is said to have been eyeing the player for some time.

It is reported that he watched Bree in last weekend’s Emirates FA Cup goalless draw to League Two side Blackpool.

This makes him the second Barnsley player to be linked with a move to Villa Park this month, as Tykes skipper Conor Hourihane is also said to be interesting Steve Bruce.

Bree joined the Yorkshire club back in 2011, and progressed through the youth ranks to establish himself as a valued member of the first-team squad fairly quickly.

He became the second youngest player to pull on a red shirt in May 2014, when he made his debut as a substitute against Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the season.

This campaign, the Wakefield-born right back has been a key member of Barnsley’s side, and has enjoyed a successful start to the season with the newly-promoted Tykes who are currently fighting for a playoff place come the end of the season.

Villa sit four places behind Bree’s side in 12th, and manager Bruce is known to be looking to recruit defensive talent following injuries to Richie De Laet and Micah Richards.

They travel to Molineux to entertain Wolves on Saturday, as they look to return to winning ways following their Emirates FA Cup third round defeat to Premier League Tottenham.

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