Aston Villa have been busy in the transfer market this summer as they look to build a squad ready for the Premier League next season.

Dean Smith has already added Anwar El Ghazi, Kortney Hause, Jota, Matt Targett and Wesley to his squad in the last two months, with more expected to come in before the end of the window. 

Villa secured promotion back to the top-flight, after a three-year absence, in May as they beat Derby County 2-1 in the play-off final at Wembley – with El Ghazi, who was on loan at the time, and John McGinn scored the goals. 

One position Villa still need to strengthen in is defensive midfield, as Smith looks to add more steel to his side – to play in a three with McGinn and Jack Grealish.

With that in mind, here are some defensive midfielders Villa could look to sign this summer…