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Aston Villa face Southampton battle for Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings

Aston Villa are eager to keep hold of on-loan Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings.

The Mirror says a string of impressive performances has attracted the interest of Premier League side Southampton.

The Saints are looking to add to their defensive options should they ensure top flight survival.

They currently have a two-point buffer to Cardiff City in 18th, but under Ralph Hasenhuttl have experienced a huge upturn in form.

Should they retain Premier League status their financial might could prove too much for Aston Villa.

The Championship side don't have the option to sign Mings, but will have the opportunity to match any bid made for the 26-year-old.

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