Report: ‘Villa make £7.5m bid’

By Phil Jennings

Aston Villa have made a £7.5million bid for Luton Town defender James Justin according to the Football Insider website.

Villa are believed to have been watching Justin for some time and apparently tried to sign him in the January window.

But full-back Justin, 21, who can also play in midfield, stayed and helped the Hatters win the League One title.

Villa have now reportedly revived their interest and made a move even though they do not know what division they will be playing in next season.

Justin primarily plays as a right back which is a position occupied by both Alan Hutton and Ahmed Elmohamady – as a wing-back.

But the player has also been described as being “versatile” and “attack-minded” and is able to play as a left back, central midfielder, right sided midfielder and left-back.

Luton rejected a bid of £1 million for Justin from Nottingham Forest two years ago and, soon after, Justin signed a contract extension with Luton until 2020, with the option of a further year.

His contract was extended by a further year at the end of last season after a promotion clause was triggered as a result of Luton’s promotion to League One.

But Villa could still be outbid for the England Under-20 international who is attracting the attention rival clubs.

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