CHERRIES have agreed a fee with Aston Villa in the region of £26.5million for defender Tyrone Mings, the Daily Echo understands.

It is understood Mings is unlikely to have to undergo a medical given his previous period with the Lions.

If the deal goes through it would smash Cherries' record transfer fee for a player sale, which stands at around £12million for Matt Ritchie's move to Newcastle in 2016.

Mings spent the second half of the 2018-19 season on loan at Villa Park, playing a key role in helping Dean Smith's side earn promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs.

The Bath-born talent joined Cherries in the summer of 2015 but suffered an injury-ravaged period since his £8million switch to the south coast from Ipswich.

He spent more than a year out after a serious knee injury six minutes into his Premier League debut against Leicester City in August 2015 before missing eight months of 2017-18 season following a stress fracture to his spine in the early stages of the campaign.

The centre-back signed a “long-term” contract with Cherries in September 2017, however, made just seven appearances for the Dorset club last season, most recently the 4-1 defeat against Manchester United on December 30.

During his loan spell at the Midlands club, Mings made 18 appearances and scored two goals.