Aston Villa could move for Brentford left-back Rico Henry, according to the Express and Star.

Dean Smith is looking to bring in some reinforcements in the January transfer window as he looks to put his own stamp on his newly inherited squad.

He could move for Henry, who he has managed at both Walsall and Brentford. Smith is also targeting a new goalkeeper and centre-back.

Henry, who is 21 years-old, joined Walsall at the age of 11 and rose through the youth ranks with the Saddlers. He went onto play 57 games for their first-team in League One under Smith and chipped in with three goals. He has also represented England at Under-19 and Under-20 level in the past.

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Smith then swooped to sign Henry for Brentford in August 2016, for a fee in the region of £1.5 million. His time at Griffin Park has been affected by injury but he is highly rated by the London side.

Villa have also been linked with the Bees’ midfielder Romaine Sawyers, another who Smith has managed at both Walsall and Brentford.

Villa have turned a corner under Smith and are just four points off the Play-Offs now. Next up for them is a home tie against Stoke City at Villa Park tomorrow and they will be looking to carry on their decent run of form.

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It will be an interesting transfer window for Villa next month as they look to bolster their squad ahead of a potential promotion push. Could Henry be signed by Smith for a second time?

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