Aston Villa in transfer ‘battle’ for West Ham starlet and tie up contract deal

Aston Villa want departed West Ham man Sonny Perkins and tie up contract deal for Ashley Young.

Aston Villa have been busy bolstering their squad since the end of last season.

The Midlands outfit are gearing up for their first full campaign with Steven Gerrard at the helm. They have delved into the transfer window to sign the likes of Diego Carlos and Boubacar Camara.

The Premier League club have also waved goodbye to Trezeguet, Wesley and Matt Targett this summer.

Here is a look at all the latest news coming out of Villa Park at the moment...

Perkins wanted

Aston Villa are interested in signing youngster Sonny Perkins following his departure from fellow top flight team West Ham United, according to reports.

The teenager made three first-team appearances for the Hammers last term but has now parted company with his boyhood club.

The Daily Mail claim Villa want to sign him along with Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur.

Hourihane attracting interest

Hourihane’s contract officially expired at the end of last month and he is attracting plenty of interest right now.

He spent last season on loan at Sheffield United and helped the Blades reach the Championship play-offs.

The Daily Mail report Football League trio Huddersfield Town, Luton Town and Derby County want him now on a free transfer.

New deal for Young

Aston Villa have tied up a new contract for Ashley Young, as announced on their official club website.

The veteran has put pen-to-paper on a 12-month extension ahead of the next campaign.

He made the move back to Villa Park last year and played 25 times last term.

Young injects useful experience into Gerrard’s squad and has made just under 650 appearances in his career to date, having also played for Watford, Manchester United and Inter Milan.