The Bristol Post have been reporting that Aston Villa are the latest Championship side to have been linked with Southampton defender Sam McQueen.

The 23-year-old had previously been linked with other Championship sides such as Middlesbrough and Bristol City.

The Birmingham-based club feel they need back-up in the left-back area, with manager Steve Bruce feeling that they can do better in that department than Neil Taylor, and would rather play Alan Hutton at his more familiar right-back position.

Aston Villa had initially been wanting to sign former Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan as Taylor’s replacement, and even had a fee agreed with the south-western club, before a last-minute bid from Fulham came in and Bryan decided that the chance to play Premier League football was one that was too good to turn down.

Another potential left-back that the Villans could have gone for, is young Chelsea starlet Jay Dasilva, who has ended up being Bristol City’s replacement for Joe Bryan, meaning that the list of available left sided full-backs available to Steve Bruce and co is a limited one.

Sam McQueen has come through the academy at Southampton, and boasts 23 senior appearances to his name, including 20 in the Premier League, involving 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, and even 3 in the Europa League, including 90 minutes at the San Siro against Inter Milan.

The one-time England U21 international previously had a loan spell at Southend United for the second half of the 2015/16 season, joining as a 20-year-old. McQueen made 22 appearances for the Essex side, though he started only four of them and completed 90 minutes just once – interestingly though, the Southampton-born player started three of those games as an attacking midfielder, and the other one as an attacking midfielder, so he can clearly play higher up the pitch as well if he is asked to.

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