Tottenham Set to Complete £23m Signing of Aston Villa Winger Ashley Young

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Aston Villa/Portsmouth Premiership 19.09.09 Photo: Tim Parker Fotosports International Ashley Young Aston Villa 2009/10

ASHLEY YOUNG will move a step closer to joining Tottenham this week if they can offer him an increase on his £65,000-a-week wages.

The Aston Villa winger was the subject of two failed bids from Harry Redknapp last summer and was given a £9,000-a-week rise for staying at Villa Park.

Young, 25, has now indicated that he is keen on a move to White Hart Lane but the salary he earns at the Midlands club is not far off Spurs’ wage limit.

To offer a substantial rise the North London club would need to pay around £80,000-a-week which would put him on par with top earner Luka Modric.

Young wants to move back to London after three and a half years at Villa and is attracted by the Champions League football Spurs are able to offer next season.

He was bitterly disappointed to be left out of England’s World Cup squad after not even making Fabio Capello’s provisional 30-man list.

Redknapp offered £19million 12 months ago and then £21m a fortnight later.

The two clubs are set to agree a similar fee this time round. (News of the World)

This source, although clearly not 100% reliable, seems to suggest this is practically a done deal, but can it really be? Would Martin O’Neill allow both James Milner, on his way to Man City, and Ashley Young to leave his side? It seems clear that a number of Aston Villa players are unhappy with the club’s inability to get any nearer to a top four finish so the Villa Park boss has a tough task keeping everyone happy.

Harry Redknapp seems desperate to add even more strength to his already impressive White Hart Lane squad and Ashley Young is a top notch player but does the Tottenham boss really need to spend so big to add more width to his side?

The north London club has more than enough wing options so whether they need to spend such a large sum is debatable. Young is a player who wants to be in the England international set up on a regular basis and even though he made it into the forthcoming match against Hungary there is no guarantee that he will be get a look in when the qualifiers get under way.

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