Aston Villa youngster Andreas Weimann has given the club serious concern over his future after rejecting a new contract to keep him at Villa Park.
Weimann has been one of Villa’s standout players this season, despite a poor run in the Premier League which currently has them fighting to save themselves form relegation.
The 21-year-old Austrian attacker has just 18 months left of his current deal and is reportedly earning just £15,000 a week which, as far as Premier League salaries go is a pittance.
Sources claim he was ‘disappointed’ by the new offer Villa made him and, although he is happy at the club otherwise, would prefer to leave his contract negotiation until the summer.
However, he will be entering the final year of his contract then and with his sensational form behind his this season, Villa might struggle to hold on to one of their most important players.
1) Arsenal will surely be interested in an acquisition of this nature – he’s young, technically gifted, and would be an economically sound option to provide an extra dimension to the Gunners’’ lacklustre attack.
They currently only have new signing Olivier Giroud as their solitary recognized striker and they have suffered from less than adequate cover on the bench to add to the mix when their Plan A fails to produce.
2) Tottenham, similarly, have just Emmanuel Adebayor holding down the fort at White Hart Lane as their only centre-forward in Jermaine Defoe’s absence through injury.
Plans to capture numerous foreign options failed in January and Andre-Villas Boas may fancy bringing in someone who has Premier League experience in to the fold.
3) Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers brought in Daniel Sturridge to partner Luis Suarez in attack at Anfield where the Reds have had a relatively dismal season under the former Swansea boss.
Rodgers is an advocate of bringing in fresh faces like Fabio Borini and youth players with potential like Raheem Sterling and he could very well use any money received from Andy Carroll’s potential departure this summer.
4) Swansea, his former club, have the league’s second highest scorer within their ranks. Michu has burst into his Premier League season after being brought in for just £2 million from La Liga.
Should the Spaniard’s scintillating form this season prompt a big offer from a big club, Weimann could be just the kind of player to replace him in Michael Laudrup’s League Cup winning side.
5) Manchester City sold Mario Balotelli in January and, after deciding not to replace him, they sit 12 points behind league leaders United who have all but mathematically run away with City’s title.
Perhaps an addition like the young Austrian could lighten the load on City’s superstars and add a little extra verve and dynamism to their team. He could surely earn more than £15,000 at the Etihad.
If Weimann did leave could you see him at any of the above?
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