Fabian Delph impressed for England against both Norway and Switzerland…
Aston Villa are set to reward midfielder Fabian Delph with a new contract following the player’s impressive start to his England career.
Delph impressed as a late substitute in England’s friendly with Norway last week, before he started the Three Lions impressive qualifying win over Switzerland on Monday evening.
Reports in the Daily Mail suggest that manager Paul Lambert is confident an agreement can be reached, despite owner Randy Lerner wanting to reduce the wage bill.
The 24-year-old midfielder has a year left on his current so is free to talk to clubs in January – and leave for nothing next summer – but Tom Fox, Villa’s new chief executive, is putting together a package to keep him.
Delph, joined the club from Leeds United for £6m in 2009, is believed to be one of Villa’s highest earners on about £40,000 per week. However, the contracts of Darren Bent (£60,000 a week) and Alan Hutton (£40,000) also expire in the summer, meaning Lambert does have some cash to play with.
Despite rumoured interest from other Premier League clubs, Delph has said he wants to see out his career at Villa Park to repay the faith shown in him by the club after he suffered two serious injuries in his first two seasons.
The source adds that Villa have also offered Chelsea target Jack Grealish, 19, a new four-year deal.
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