Tyrone Mings has ended his four-year association with Bournemouth by penning a permanent deal with Premier League newcomers Aston Villa. The 26-year-old, who joined the Cherries from Ipswich Town in the summer of 2015, spent the second half of last season on loan at Villa Park, making 18 appearances in all competitions and scoring two goals.
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His contract included the option for the Villans to make it permanent and they have now turned it into a four-year deal in the West Midlands, with the south-coast club receiving £26.5m for his services. Villa will pay an initial £20m for the centre-back, who came up through the youth ranks at Southampton and Bristol Rovers.
They had made no secret of their desire to sign Mings and had hoped to pay less for the Bath-born ace, but Bournemouth officials held out for the fee they desired. Mings played only 17 times in the Premier League for Eddie Howe’s side and will now hope to show his true colours under Dean Smith.