Aston Villa face losing Matt Targett as Leicester eye Ben Chilwell replacement

Leiceste r are weighing up a bid for Aston Villa left-back Matt Targett after losing Ben Chilwell.

England ace Chilwell, 23, this week completed a £50million switch to Chelsea.

The Foxes have drawn up a three-man shortlist to replace the attacking full-back.

And Villa ace Targett, 24, is among their options after helping them beat the drop.

Targett, signed from Southampton last summer for £15million on a four-year deal, made 32 appearances for the club in his first season.

He also scored twice – including against Leicester to help defeat them in the Carabao Cup semi-final.

He had some hamstring problems but overcame them to return for Villa's final four games as they memorably beat the drop.

The former England U21 defender shone in the pressurised run-in as Villa picked up 10 points from their final four games.

It helped Targett average more tackles and interceptions than Chilwell, according to Opta.

Now Villa face a major battle to keep the £45,000-a-week ace and may have to hand him a new deal to fight off the Foxes.

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Other Villa key men like Tyrone Mings and Douglas Luiz who also impressed in the run-in are likely to be offered improved terms too.

Speaking after joining Chelsea, Chilwell said: “‘I am delighted to be joining Chelsea at this very exciting time for the club.

“I’m looking forward to being a part of this young, dynamic squad led by Frank Lampard as we challenge for honours next season.

“I can’t wait to get started and hopefully it won’t be long before we’re playing in front of the Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge.”

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