Aston Villa defender Tommy Elphick looks set to stay at the club this summer after his proposed move to Reading appears to have collapsed, according to the Birmingham Mail. 

Elphick spent the second half of last season on loan at the Madejski Stadium where he helped the Royals avoid the drop.

He clearly impressed Paul Clement during his time at the club as the former Swansea boss was keen on securing his services on a permanent deal.

However, the move appears to have fallen through after the departures of Chris Samba and John Terry have opened the door for Elphick to reignite his career in the Midlands.

Villa are now left with only one recognised central defender on the books at Villa Park in James Chester, but the Welsh international looks set to leave the club amid interest from Stoke City.

Despite it seeming as if his career at Villa was over, Elphick could make an unlikely return to the first team next season.

He only managed four appearances for the Royals during his stint at the club after picking up a knee injury on his first start for the club.

However, the Royals did want to sign the former AFC Bournemouth defender on a permanent deal this summer.

Villa have hit financial crisis this summer, after their failure to reach the Premier League.

However, despite the possibility of receiving a fee for Elphick, the move appears to have fallen through and the defender looks set to stay with Steve Bruce’s side.

Elphick looks set to enter the final year of his contract with Villa as he looks to fill the void vacated by John Terry and Christopher Samba next season.



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