Calvin Bassey: Aston Villa linked with move for Rangers defender - but Nigerian would command big fee

Aston Villa are considering a move for Rangers defender Calvin Bassey, according to reports in England.

The 22-year-old has impressed this season for Rangers both at left-back and centre-half, with the former Leicester City youngster now a first-team regular.

His good form has earned him his first Nigeria caps and the Villa manager Steven Gerrard knows him well after bringing him to Ibrox in 2020.

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Aston Villa are planning a summer revamp under Gerrard, who joined the club from Rangers in November last year, and The Telegraph claims that left-back is an area the Birmingham outfit have identified for strengthening.

Calvin Bassey in action for Rangers during a Scottish Cup clash against Celtic.

Bassey is namechecked as one of Aston Villa’s targets, as is Bologna and Scotland full-back Aaron Hickey. The former Hearts starlet won his first caps for Scotland earlier this year and is being watched by a number of clubs in England and on the continent.

Bassey still has two years to run on his contract at Rangers and would command a sizeable transfer fee given his current form, potential and versatility in the backline.