With the recent signings of John Terry from Chelsea, and Marc Roberts from Barnsley, many thought that any new faces at Villa would be in other areas of the pitch. However, the Birmingham mail are reporting that Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp is interested in bringing defender Tommy Elphick to St Andrews from rivals club Aston Villa.

The 29-year-old started his career at newly promoted Premier League outfit Brighton and Hove Albion, where he progressed through the youth set up, and played 153 times and scored 7 for the senior team, before making the switch to Bournemouth in 2012.

Elphick then enjoyed the fairy tale period at Bournemouth, and helped them to promotion to the Premier League during the 2014/15 season, by captaining the side to glory, and starred in Bournemouth’s first season in the top-tier of English football.

However he became surplus to requirements at Bournemouth, as ‘The Cherries’ added quality to their squad to try to maintain Premier League status, and subsequently moved to Aston Villa in 2016 for a fee of around £3 million.

Since arriving at Villa Park the Englishman has played 26 times, and undoubtedly established himself as a major part of the first team plans, however, with the recent new additions he may struggle to start week in week out, so could very well be tempted with a switch to the blue side of Birmingham.

Steve Bruce and Aston Villa will be looking to improve dramatically on their poor showing last season, and Redknapp will also be hoping that Birmingham don’t have a repeat of their campaign last time out too, as they narrowly avoided relegation to League 1.



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