Villa set sights on League One defender

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Aston Villa have been linked with a raid on Coventry City for teenage defender Sam McCallum.

McCallum broke into the Sky Blues’ side last season and has established himself as a regular this term with eight appearances across all competitions.

Villa are reportedly weighing up a move for the 19-year-old and it has been claimed they could make a swoop in January.

The Premier League club will have further funds to spend in the winter window despite making some bold moves over the summer, although they may bide their time before making a move for McCallum as it is unlikely he would be able to challenge for a first-team spot at Villa Park just yet.

The defender understandably is hoping to play in the Premier League in the not too distant future but for now he insists he is happy at Coventry.

“Playing in the Premier League is obviously still a dream,” he said, as reported by Kent Online. “If I went all the way it’d be so big for me because I’m one of those millions of kids who have wanted it. But at the moment I’m focusing on trying to get the starting position at Coventry and then see where it goes from there.”

Villa are likely to face competition if they do decide to move for McCallum as a number of Championship clubs have also been mentioned as potential suitors.

West Brom, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest are among those who have been linked with McCallum, who started for Coventry in their defeat to Tranmere last time out after being left on the bench for their two previous League One games.