Stoke City defender Harry Souttar is said to be attracting attention from several Premier League clubs ahead of the January transfer window.
His impressive form for the Potters has seen him linked with the likes of Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton.
Former Villa full-back Alan Hutton reckons his old club could strengthen their squad with the signing of the 22-year-old, and that he could offer head coach Dean Smith something different.
Despite Villa already having Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa, Kortney Hause and Axel Tuanzebe as current centre-back options, Hutton believes Souttar’s presence could be beneficial for Smith.
“I think when you look at the boys who are there, they’re all good in the air,” he told Football Insider. “I’ve worked with them, I know they can be physical but they like playing with the ball at their feet as well.
“I think it’s very good to have those different styles of footballers within your armoury. It gives you the option if you want.
“If somebody’s injured, you want to play four at the back, three at the back or something may happen, you’ve got room to manoeuvre.
“I think that was Dean Smith’s plan moving forward. The starting XI was very good but they needed to bolster the squad.
“I think that’s the situation that they’re in at the moment. He obviously ticks all the boxes.
“He’s very physical, he’s there to win the ball and it’s good to have someone like that in your back line.”
Souttar recently addressed the speculation surrounding his future while on international duty with Australia.
“I think it’s just all paper talk to be honest with you,” he said.
“There was a lot of things said but I tend not to try and read it or try and get involved in it at all.
“We just started (the season in) October, the transfer market’s been and gone.
“My focus right now is solely on the Socceroos and as soon as I get back to club football it’s purely on Stoke City and trying to get the club promoted back to the Premier League.”