Want-away Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Young has issued a ‘come and get me’ plea to alert a host of Barclays Premier League clubs baying for his signature.
The 25-year-old England international has been in fine form again for the Villians this season, but is conscious he needs to be playing amongst Europe’s elite in order to cement his place in Fabio Capello’s 2012 European Championships squad.
Manchester United and Liverpool have both been continuously linked with summer approaches for Young, who will reportedly try to engineer his exit from Villa Park at the end of the current campaign.
The Sun claim that Young has told friends he is eager to move on in search of European football – something he believes is a prerequisite at this stage of his career.
A source close to the player explained, "Villa are showing no sign of breaking into the top four and Ashley knows he has to think about playing at the very top if he wants to become an England regular before the European Championships.
"He loves being at Villa and the way the fans treat him but is set on moving in the summer."
The news will be music to the ears of Liverpool fans as Reds manager Kenny Dalglish continues his search for wing additions, with Young already earmarked as their first option.
Anfield Director of Football Strategy Damien Comolli has given the go-head in Liverpool’s pursuit for Young, but their intentions will likely be met with competition from rivals Manchester United.
The Metro reports that Sir Alex Ferguson is lining up the Villa midfielder as a replacement for Luis Nani, who was rumoured to be considering his Old Trafford future earlier in the week – news which has accelerated the Red Devil’s interest.
Young will have only a year left to run on his current deal at the end of the season, and having allegedly shelved talks of an extension he could now be sold for as little as £12million, which would represent ‘bargain’ business for both Manchester United and Liverpool.