Liverpool are reportedly preparing a January swoop for Aston Villa’s Ashley Young.
The England winger has long been a target for the Reds and speculation regarding his future has grown in recent weeks.
Now, according to an exclusive report from Goal.com, Liverpool are ‘confident’ of signing the 25-year-old next month – with an offer of £14 million said to be on the table.
Young’s future at Villa has been the subject of much debate over the past few months after he stalled over a new contract.
Villa are keen to tie down the former Watford wideman – who has 18 months to run on his current deal – but he is thought to have his eye on a move elsewhere.
"I've told the people at Villa that I won't be signing a new contract at the moment,” Young told The Sun.
"I know they want to get it done now but my current deal still has a year to run after this season and I feel there is plenty of time to talk next summer."
Young currently earns a reported £65,000 per week and Liverpool are understood to be willing to meet his demands of upwards of £75,000.
However, doubts remain over whether £14 million will be enough for Liverpool to land their man after Villa boss Gerard Houllier stated it would take ‘crazy money’ to snatch his star player.
"We are hoping we can keep him. The club's will is to keep him. We want to keep the club developing,” the former Liverpool boss allegedly told The Sun.
"He told us very clearly he wants to wait until the end of the season. We are comfortable with that.
"Obviously, if someone comes in with crazy money, anything can happen in football. Let's wait and see. I don't think he will leave in January."
Should Liverpool seal a deal for Young, he would certainly fit with their transfer strategy of signing players with room for development.
Still yet to hit the prime of his career, Young would also provide Liverpool with the added potency they so desperately crave in their pursuit of Champions League football.
The lack of cutting edge in the Liverpool attack was plainly obvious last night as they crashed to a humiliating defeat against Wolves at Anfield.
Roy Hodgson has long been vocal about his desire to add to his Liverpool strike force which – with Fernando Torres out of sorts – looks short of firepower.
The Liverpool boss has also been linked with moves for Spurs reject David Bentley and West Ham striker Carlton Cole as what is likely to be a busy January approaches.
Plenty of new faces seem set to arrive at Anfield next month as new Liverpool owners NESV look to back their manager in the transfer market with upwards of £20 million.
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