Aston Villa transfer target Matt Targett will be allowed to leave Southampton this summer, according to the Football Insider.

As reported by the 72, Villa are lining up a £10m bid for the left back as Dean Smith looks to shape his squad following their promotion to the Premier League.

Villa currently have just one senior left back on their books in Welshman Neil Taylor and the West Midlands club will be keen to ensure they add some strength in depth.

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They will, however, face competition for the 23-year old’s signature, with recently relegated Fulham also said to be interested in securing his services.

Young star Ryan Sessegnon is expected to leave the club this summer, meaning left back could be a position that Scott Parker looks to strengthen as he prepares for his first full season in senior management.

Targett spent the second half of the 2017/18 season on loan at Craven Cottage, where he made 21 appearances to help the club gain promotion to the Premier League.

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The Eastleigh born defender currently finds himself as Southampton’s second choice left-back, behind 19 time capped England international Ryan Bertrand.

The report states that Targett is expected to be a part of a mass exodus at the Saints, with manager Ralph Hassenhutl set to allow eight first team players to depart the club.

After progressing through the ranks of the Southampton academy, Targett has gone into make 63 appearances for his boyhood side. He has also represented both Scotland and England at international youth level.

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With the 6ft defender available at just £10m, he would represent good business for whoever is able to prize him to their club.

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