Aston Villa have already moved swiftly to make a number of new signings this summer. 

The club have brought in Kortney Hause, Anwar El Ghazi, Wesley and Jota in on permanent deals, with the former two having been on loan at the club last season.

Villa are preparing for Premier League football after they secured promotion by beating Derby County 2-1 at Wembley in the play-off final last month – after Dean Smith led his side to a 5th place finish in the Championship.

Two players who played a key role in Villa’s promotion were Tyrone Mings and Axel Tuanzebe. Both are centre-backs and both were on loan to the club from Bournemouth and Manchester United respectively. 

Heading into the top-flight, Villa will need to have a strong defence – meaning that they need to sign some centre-backs before the start of the season.

Here are some central defenders Villa could look to sign…