Joe Bennett is preparing to leave Aston Villa.

The Daily Mail says Bennett is attracting interest from other Premier League and Championship clubs following the arrival of Aly Cissokho and Kieran Richardson.

Bennett, 24, a £2.75million signing from Middlesbrough in 2012.

QPR had made tentative enquiries as have Brighton but both have since moved on to other targets. Brighton are returning for Stephen Ward who was on loan from Wolves last season.

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