Crewe boss 'sure' Aston Villa target will be on the move

Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis has hinted he is sure captain Luke Murphy will be on the move this summer.

Aston Villa have been long term admirers of the midfielder, who made a huge impression with Crewe in League One last season.

Crewe have one of the best academy setups in England and most recently sold Ashley Westwood to the Premier League giants, establishing a link between the two clubs which could make a move for Murphy a formality.

“There have just been a couple of enquiries but nothing really solid. I think it’ll be an August thing like it was with Westy. Something, I’m sure, will happen over pre-season,” Steve Davis told the Crewe Chronicle.

That is the biggest come and get me plea that Aston Villa could have hoped for and the biggest sign yet that Murphy will become the latest young football league prodigy to join Aston Villa.

One of the main criticisms of Paul Lambert last season was that he signed too many young players, which resulted in that battle against relegation over much of last season.

However, his policy of picking up the best young players from the football league and injecting them with Premier League experience is something which could pay off big time for the club over the next few years.

Similarly to Liverpool, Aston Villa seems to be a club geared towards using younger players as a way to protect the next generation of teams at Aston Villa but also to make themselves more appealing to younger stars.

The deal for Murphy shouldn’t be too problematic for Aston Villa as they are bound to be one of the sides Davis has confirmed as having enquired about the player, meaning contact has already been made.

The fact he’s only got a year left to run on his current deal is also significant because it allows Aston Villa to haggle for a better value fee.

They will ultimately be able to afford whatever Crewe want anyway but the point is Villa are also a club that like to get good value when they sign younger players.

For now Davis seems to expect Murphy to prepare himself for a full league season of League One football, which is equally positive for Villa because it increases the chance they can use Murphy straight away if they pick him up late during the transfer window.

It’s an exciting time to be an Aston villa supporter because the club are becoming very experienced in securing this sort of signing, which gives them an advantage over the rivals who should be paying more attention to players like Murphy.

How do you think he’ll get on at Aston Villa? Will he be out of his depth?

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