, Aston Villa keeping an eye on Rangers star with 16 goals and 20 assists

Aston Villa keeping an eye on Rangers star with 16 goals and 20 assists

Football Insider has claimed that Championship promotion hopefuls Aston Villa are keeping a close eye on Rangers captain James Tavernier.

Rangers right-back James Tavernier is once again attracting Championship interest, with promotion hopefuls Aston Villa now reportedly keeping tabs on the 27-year-old.

In the summer transfer window prior to the start of last season, West Brom were keen to bring Tavernier to the Hawthorns but saw their bids for the defender turned down.

Now, after another impressive season as Rangers skipper, Aston Villa could be looking to make a move. Tavernier has played 55 games in all competitions for the club, scoring 16 goals and providing 20 assists from the right side of Steven Gerrard’s back four.

This season has seen the former Newcastle United man take his Rangers appearance total up to 195 games, in which he has netted 42 goals and provided 58 assists.

Aston Villa are in the market for a new right-back this summer, with 34-year-old Alan Hutton set to leave Villa Park And Ahmed Elmohamady’s contract expiring next year. Dean Smith is on the lookout for a younger option at right-back – and one that is also capable of playing in the top flight.

Tavernier spent five years at Newcastle United and had six loan spells away with Gateshead, Carlisle, Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons, Shrewsbury and Rotherham, before joining Wigan Athletic in 2014. He only made 13 appearances for the Latics, before spending the second half of the 2014/15 season on loan with Bristol City.

Since moving to Rangers in 2015, Tavernier has been a nailed on starter under all managers. Gerrard is unlikely to want to see the back of his skipper and is likely to demand good money to allow him to leave Ibrox.

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