White Hart Lane boss close to securing England international signing.
Tottenham have opened talks with Aston Villa over a £20million move for Ashley Young but their bid to sign the winger could be scuppered by his £75,000-a-week wage demands.
It is understood that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has been talking to Villa executives for some time about a deal that would include striker Robbie Keane – valued at £11m – as a makeweight.
Young, 25, has made it clear he wants to move to White Hart Lane and Levy has told the player’s representatives that the Londoners are willing to offer a five-year contract that would match his current £65,000-a-week package.
Yet the England international wants a £3.9m-a-year-deal – or £75,000-a-week – that would make him the highest paid player at Spurs, above Luka Modric and Robbie Keane.
Levy is unwilling to break the club’s tight wage structure and the transfer remains some way off completion, particularly given the added uncertainty at Villa Park following Martin O’Neill’s resignation.
Spurs are hoping Young will lower his demands and that the carrot of Champions League football this season – assuming they overcome Young Boys Bern in a two-legged qualifier – will work in their favour. The winger, who signed from Watford for £9.6m in January 2007, has less than two years remaining on his Villa contract and has so far been reluctant to discuss a new deal. (Goal.com)
With Martin O’Neill out of the picture there is a very real fear that Aston Villa will see their star players picked off one by one but at least if this deal was to come to fruition then they would get a proven Premier League marksman as part of the deal. Robbie Keane has been in fine form in pre-season and is a consistent goalscorer at the highest level and could work well alongside Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Ashley Young appears to be pushing for a move away from Villa Park and it looks very much like its a case of dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s and then Harry Redknapp will have started his summer spending.