Date:11th May 2011 at 1:59am
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Ashley Young

Is the Villa winger about to start a bidding war?

Long term United target Aston Villa’s Ashley Young could be heading to Anfield instead of Old Trafford this Summer according to reports.

It’s been long rumoured that Sir Alex Ferguson is an admirer of Young who has seen his stock rise this season with a series of impressive displays in an otherwise average Villa side.

The Guardian notes:

“Liverpool’s owner, Fenway Sports Group, is increasingly confident of following the imminent appointment of Kenny Dalglish as the club’s permanent manager by beating Manchester United to the signature of the Aston Villa forward Ashley Young.

“FSG officials, notably the principal owner, John W Henry, and Liverpool’s chairman, Tom Werner, have voiced their support for the 60-year-old Scot and backed him on the combined £57.8m purchases of Andy Carroll and Luis Suárez in January.

“They are now pursuing Young, another target of Dalglish and the director of football, Damien Comolli, and have emerged as favourites to sign the £15m-rated England international despite competition from United, the Premier League champions-elect.

“Young enters the final year of his Villa contract this summer having rejected the offer of an improved deal, which contained a get-out clause in the region of £15m, at the start of this season.”

Whether Ferguson would want to get involved in a bidding war for Young who’d arguably be a second choice winger, is open to debate, but personally I feel it’s one transfer United can afford to miss out on.

Young’s a quality player of that there is no doubt, but whether he’s quite United class, I’m not entirely convinced.