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Former Aston Villa striker Darren Bent believes a transfer to Everton would be a ‘good stepping stone’ for Tyrone Mings.
Mings, 27, has been linked with three Premier League clubs in recent weeks with Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton all reportedly interested in signing him.
It was reported on Friday that Everton could complete the signing of England international Mings for £30million if Villa are relegated from the Premier League.
Villa’s draw with Everton at Goodison Park on Thursday pushed them closer to relegation with Dean Smith’s side likely to need maximum points from their remaining matches against Arsenal and West Ham to stand a chance of survival.
In the event of relegation Villa would probably lose several of their key players and Bent – who spent four years on the club’s books – reckons a move to Everton would suit Mings.
“I think he’s done all right, it’s been tough for him at times, as it has been for all the Villa defenders,” he told Football Insider.
“Everton would be a good stepping stone but then who’s missing out because, to be fair, I wasn’t his biggest fan before but he’s defended well until Everton went through this crazy spell, Michael Keane.
“He had a ropey start but he’s come back. I also like Mason Holgate, he’s the one I do really like, and he’s already been linked with some big clubs. If they’re going to bring Mings in to replace Holgate, fair enough.
“I don’t know how Ancelotti would accommodate them all – unless he changes style and goes to a back three, then potentially he could go with Keane, Mings and Holgate. Mings, I think it would be a good move for him.”