Ashley Young is expected to be sold by Aston Villa in the summer, according to the Free Bet website. He might maintain that he is not considering his future just yet, but it appears as though Aston Villa are. The Midlands club are expected to tell Young’s suitors that they must part with at least £25 million this summer to prise the England international away a year before his contract ends.
Robert Pires has said that he would be willing to extend his Villa stay by another year as he is extremely happy at the club.
“I would like to stay for another season,” said Frenchman Pires in the Daily Express.
“For me, every morning I need to practice my football. I hope to play games and I hope to play next season. Why not? I am old and I have experience, I can help these players.”
The 37 year old put in a top performance against Blackburn at the weekend and could land his self a new deal if he continues this run of form.
Aston Villa Captain Stylian Petrov could be close to a move to Turkey. The 31-year-old was said to be a target for the Istanbul club during the January window, but he remains part of Gerard Houllier’s squad at Aston Villa.
But The People expect Gala to return for Petrov at the end of the season, when they are thought to be willing to offer him a bumper deal to make the move.
The Bulgarian has featured eighteen times in the Premier League this season for Villa, and he is under contract at the club until the summer of 2013.
Aston Villa secured a huge morale boosting win against Blackburn Rovers to progress to the next round of the FA Cup. Ciaran Clark nodded Villa ahead but Rovers were quickly level as Nikola Kalinic bundled home from close range.
Veteran winger Pires restored Villa's lead with a sweet half-volley before Nathan Delfouneso's header made it 3-1.
Martin Olsson fired against the bar for Rovers but, even after Villa had Nathan Baker sent off for a wild tackle, Blackburn rarely threatened a comeback.
Aston Villa are reportedly close to signing two players in the January transfer window. Houllier will fly to France to speak to Lyon about the prospects of capturing the 27-year-old Cameroon player.
"He can play as a holding player or as a box-to-box midfielder," Houllier said. "We are working on [the deal]."
Houllier also remains interested in signing Blackpool captain Charlie Adam after making an improved £3.5m bid.
Gerard Houllier has said that he is still confident that the team can come back from their bad run of form. Villa boss Gerard Houllier remained upbeat despite the defeat leaving his side hovering dangerously four points above the relegation zone.
"I think it is a poor result, but not a poor performance," the Frenchman told BBC Sport.
"The mistake was made was conceding a second goal, after that we knew it was difficult. We got a goal and probably deserved an equaliser which we didn't get. "
Gerard Houllier has praised the Aston Villa fans for providing plenty of support against West Brom. The under-fire manager was given a surprisingly warm reception from the Holte End as Stewart Downing and Stephen Ireland grabbed the goals that sunk their Midlands rivals.
Houllier had angered some fans after his comments following Aston Villa's 3-0 defeat to Liverpool on Monday but the home crowd were with the Frenchman and his team as they ended their four-match losing streak.
Cesc Fabregas will most out on the Arsenal match with Aston Villa. Emmanuel Eboue is also set to be for several weeks with a medial knee ligament injury after being felled by a poor tackle.
Manager Arsene Wenger said: "Fabregas has a hamstring injury so it's difficult to predict how long he will be out for. But he will definitely be out for the weekend. Hence, he will surely miss the match against Aston Villa.
Richard Dunne is a source for great concern for Aston Villa as they prepare to face Blackburn Rovers in the Carling Cup. The third-round encounter at Villa Park on Wednesday will be Gerard Houllier's first game in charge after he officially took over the reins on Monday.
However, the former Liverpool boss could be without influential defender Richard Dunne, who is struggling with a leg injury. Dunne was replaced by Carlos Cuellar at half-time of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers and may miss out against Blackburn.
Kevin MacDonald is heading a five-man shortlist for Aston Villa manager's job after an interview in the Aston Villa Hospitality section. The other contenders all possess greater Premier League experience but, after 15 years working in various coaching capacities at Villa Park, MacDonald boasts some significant supporters inside the club, including key players.