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.
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.
Four moments of Mings' loan with Villa
Goal vs Sheffield United
Mings sparked Villa’s dramatic comeback against Sheffield United on his debut at Villa Park, scoring in the 82nd minute to give his side hope after the Blades romped into a 3-0 lead. Tammy Abraham pulled a second back for Villa before Andre Green scored in the 94th minute to snatch a 3-3 draw.
Victory against Birmingham
Mings helped his side to a 1-0 win over rivals Birmingham in March.
Red card vs Rotherham
Despite his strong campaign on loan at Villa, Mings didn’t have his strongest performance against Rotherham. The defender picked up two yellow cards inside the opening 34 minutes and conceded a penalty in the build up to his second yellow. Rotherham converted from the spot and looked to be in control at half-time, but Villa produced another fine comeback to win 2-1.
Mings helped Villa progress to the play-off final against rivals West Brom in the semi-final.