Liverpool are winning the race for Aston Villa’s dynamic midfielder Fabian Delph as they consider possible replacements for their captain Steven Gerrard.
Despite Gerrard’s excellent record for the Reds over the years, manager Brendan Rodgers has regularly left him on the bench since the start of the season, and age seems to be finally catching up with the former England international.
He is 35 in May, shortly before his contract with the Anfield club expires.
They have offered him a new deal, but with no word of a renewal, they are starting to consider possible alternatives.
Delph is one of those that they have targeted, and the 25 year old is out of contract at Villa Park at the end of the season.
They could even secure him in January, with manager Paul Lambert tempted to cash in on Delph next month rather than seeing him leave for free in the summer, according to the Daily Mirror.
Lambert has even asked scouts to find a new central midfielder to replace Delph.
Delph was Villa’s player of the season last year, and graduated from Leeds United’s famed Thorp Arch academy.