Tottenham Hotspur are planning a swoop for Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph in the January transfer window, with the player’s contract set to expire at the end of the season, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
The White Hart Lane club are hoping to take advantage of Villa’s uncertainty over his future by capturing him for only £3 million, far less than the England international’s true value.
This is because Villa could be set to lose him on a free transfer at the end of the season if Delph does not accept a new contract.
Delph has impressed for Villa in recent seasons since his £6 million transfer from Leeds United.
The talented midfielder came through Leeds’ famous Thorp Arch academy, the first home of other highly talented footballers like Alan Smith, Jonathan Woodgate and Harry Kewell.
Spurs could even include one of their players who they have deemed surplus to requirements to convince Villa to sell Delph this month.
The likes of Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend, Emmanuel Adebayor, Paulinho and Moussa Dembele are all available to anyone who is interested.
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has admitted that he is powerless to keep hold of Fabian Delph, with interest from Liverpool offering the England international a possible route out of Villa Park.
The former Leeds United star, who came through the club’s famous Thorp Arch academy, starred as Villa managed a 1-1 draw against Manchester United at the weekend, despite falling to ten men.
Delph reminded the Villa faithful of what they missed during his absence due to injury.
Prior to that injury, Delph’s excellent form in the Premier League for Villa earned him a call up to Roy Hodgson’s England side.
Delph’s contract with Aston Villa runs out at the end of the season, and as a result, he could move in January for a cut price fee or see out the rest of his deal and move on a bosman in the summer.
Lambert has admitted that Delph holds the cards, telling the press: “This is a brilliant club regardless what football you’re playing. [Delph has] been fantastic for me the three years I’ve been here.
“They’re in their last year and from experience when you get into the Bosman ruling you hold that card.
“I’m delighted with the way they’re playing. Whether they’re in their last year or have ten years to go those lads are right behind the football club at the minute.”
Fabian Delph is one of the most underrated midfielders in the Premier League. A move to Liverpool would suit him to a tee, and it is difficult to see Villa holding onto him.
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.