Liverpool and United's winger search stalls

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Aston Villa winger Ashley Young has dropped his biggest hint yet that he may stay with the Midlands club after admitting he wants to score the club's 1000th Premier League goal.

The 25-year-old had previously refused to discuss his future until the end of the season, but with Villa having scored 975 goals in the league's history, the England international appears to see his future at Villa Park.

Young scored Villa's 500th Barclays Premier League home goal in the 4-1 win over Blackburn Rovers, and is keen to reach more milestone's with the club.

“I wasn’t aware of that statistic but I’m delighted to be the one to get the 500th home goal,” he said.

“It’s a massive milestone for the club – maybe I can go on and get the 1,000th in all Premier League games."


The Englishman is a prime transfer target for Manchester United and Liverpool, the latter of which were close to tempting Young away from the Gerard Houllier's side in the January transfer window.

Heading into the summer, United appear to be the favourites to land Young, who scored his first international goal against Denmark in February.

The Old Trafford club are craving a replacement for Ryan Giggs, who is expected to retire after the end of next season, while Kenny Dalglish is keen to sign a player with a proven crossing ability to help assist new signing Andy Carroll.

Sir Alex Ferguson has also been tracking Chilie's Alexis Sanchez and Blackpool's Charlie Adam, another who could have joined Liverpool who are also interest in Real Sociedad midfielder Xabi Prieto, who has emerged as the Merseysider's No.1 transfer target.

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