AFC Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick has been linked with a £3million move to recently relegated Aston Villa.
The Cherries captain, who missed the majority of the season due to injury, could be a target for Aston Villa, according to reports, as they bid to bounce straight back to the top flight at the first attempt.
The Cherries Championship winning skipper didn’t feature for AFC Bournemouth in the Premier League between 12th September 2015 and 2nd April 2016 due to an ankle injury.
Elphick required an operation after it was later revealed that he had chipped a bone in his ankle in the 4-3 win at West Ham in August.
Elphick slowly worked his way towards full match fitness with a number of appearances for the Cherries development squad and two appearances for the first team in the FA Cup in January 2016, but he could not break back into the Cherries back four whilst Adam Smith, Simon Francis, Steve Cook and Charlie Daniels remained fit.
Following Smith’s injury and Francis reverting back to full back, Elphick returned to the squad and played the final 7 games of the season.
The Birmingham Mail over the weekend referenced the fact that ‘Villa have been heavily linked with a £3m move’, but went on to add that they believed that the Cherries did not want to sell.
‘sources have told the Mail the Cherries won`t countenance a deal.’ the report stated before adding ‘In the long run that might turn out to be merely a negotiation tool but equally it could mean Eddie Howe has no intention of parting with a player who has been key to their rise through the divisions.’
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