Aston Villa are due to open up contract talks with young striker Andreas Weimann in an attempt to fend off interest from other Premier League clubs.

The 21-year old is attracting plenty of interest from the Premier League with Newcastle, Sunderland and Norwich all reportedly keen on the youngster.

The Austrian has been at the club for six years after joining from Rapid Vienna aged just 16. He's scored 12 goals last season and helped Villa survive the relegation drop.

Villans boss Paul Lambert has expressed his delight at seeing the striker progress and the club hopes that they can persuade Weimann to stay at Villa Park.

Weimann's agent, Robert Groener, believes that the player will remain in the Premier League, but doesn't know the destination.

"There is a meeting planned and we hope we can come to a successful conclusion," stated Groener to the Daily Express.

"Andi will stay in the Premier League but at which club I do not know at this moment. There are offers but we will first meet Villa and listen to them."

Weimann, who has been capped five time for Austria, is happy to stay at Villa if they can come to an agreement and is encouraged by the future of the team.

"We’re growing and getting better all the time, and I think there’s a lot of potential in the team right now because, as players, we’re only going to get better," he told reporters.

"It’s really exciting for everyone. The club is very tight-knit. I’ve been here for years now and I’ve loved every minute of it."

Aston Villa finished a disappointing 15th but with a squad full of youthful talent they will look to build on this next season. Holding onto youngsters like Weimann could be key in the progress of the side and it's appears they face a battle to do so.

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