Derby County manager Frank Lampard has revealed that he eyed a move for Tyrone Mings in the January transfer window, prior to his loan move to Aston Villa.

The Bournemouth loanee has been a key figure for Villa in their run to the play-off final, where they face off against Lampard’s Derby. 

And ahead of Monday’s clash at Wembley between the two sides, the Rams’ boss has revealed that he eyed a move for the defender in January, according to the Birmingham Mail.

We looked at him but it was nowhere near a deal we could do. He’s had a big influence for them.

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Mings has featured 17 times and scored twice for Villa in the Championship after joining on loan in January, and Dean Smith is said to be looking to sign the defender on a permanent deal this summer. 

A move for the 26-year-old, however, is likely to depend on the outcome of Monday’s play-off final.

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