Tommy Elphick to join Reading on loan from Aston Villa

Tommy Elphick is set to join Reading on loan from fellow Sky Bet Championship side Aston Villa until the end of the season, according to Sky sources.

The defender has only made four league appearances for Steve Bruce’s side this season and is seeking more regular first-team football.

Elphick joined Villa from Bournemouth in the summer of 2016 for a fee in the region of £3m and featured heavily in his first season at the club, but has been behind James Chester and John Terry in the pecking order during this campaign.

The 30-year-old was drafted into the side during the busy Christmas period as both Terry and Christopher Samba missed out with injuries, but captain Terry returned to action in January and Samba is expected back soon.

Villa also signed Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe on loan until the end of the season on Friday.

Tuanzebe, who has represented England once at Under-21 level, has made five senior appearances for United since signing professional terms in 2015.

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