Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Young has reiterated his desire to wait until the end of the season before deciding whether he will commit his future to the Midlands club.
The announcement comes amidst heavy media speculation that Young is a transfer target for Liverpool, with Kenny Dalglish keen to bring the England international winger to Anfield reports the Metro.
Young’s current contract expires in the summer of 2012, and Villa chiefs will be keen to extend his deal after recent stunning performances has raised his profile even further.
If however he decides his long-term future lies away from Villa Park then boss Gerard Houllier may be forced to sell Young in the summer, or risk losing their prized asset for nothing in just sixteen months time.
"I have always said I will leave talks until the end of the season and that's how it is," Young explained in an interview with The Sun.
His reluctance to commit his future has alerted Liverpool who are keen to further strengthen their attacking options with a particular focus on recruiting a winger.
Director of Football Strategy Damien Comolli has given the green light on a summer approach for Young, who has delivered some scintillating performances in the Barclays Premier League this season.
He scored twice in Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers, helping to extend Villa’s recent return to form, but Young is said to doubt his current club’s long-term ambition and capabilities reports SkySports.com.
A move to Liverpool could be favourable with Anfield owners NESV making a statement of intent in the recent January transfer window when they spent in excess of £50m for the capture of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll in a bid to return the Reds to their former glories.