Lambert to keep young ace out of reach of rivals.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is set to open talks with young striker Andreas Weimann over a new deal to keep him at the club after a fine season has caught the attention of a number of Premier League rivals, according to The Mirror.
The claret & blue’s are set to offer the Austrian hitman a pay rise as he enters the final year of his deal with Newcastle, Norwich and Sunderland all keeping tabs on his situation.
Weimann bagged 12 goals across all competitions this season to help Villa secure their Premier League status in an impressive first full campaign for the Villans.
The 21-year-old first broke into the side in 2010 during the side’s Europa League campaign, but an injury against his former youth side Rapid Vienna put him out of action for most of the campaign, save for a short loan spell with Watford.
He replaced Darren Bent last season when the England man was forced to sit out with an ankle injury and his late winner against Fulham is believed to have saved Alex McLeish’s men and this season has seen him play a major role as his goals and link up play with Christian Benteke has seen Paul Lambert’s young side steer clear of the bottom three.
Weiman’s agent, Robert Groener, said: “There is a meeting planned and we hope we can come to a successful conclusion.