Everton and Sunderland to battle for Aston Villa midfielder

Marc Albrighton looks set to depart Villa Park this summer and could be left with a straight choice between Sunderland and Aston Villa.

An Aston Villa player since the tender age of eight, Marc Albrighton looks set to end his long standing association with the Midlands club, with reports suggesting the midfielder is all set for a move away from Birmingham, having received better offers elsewhere.

However it’s not all doom and gloom for the 24-year-old star, with a number of clubs already thought to have made an approach.

Leicester City are thought to be among those keen to recruit Albrighton, though the newly-promoted Foxes are likely to play second fiddle to a number of offers from more established Premier League outfits.

At present, two clubs currently lead the way in the pursuit of the Villa stalwart, with the first of these being Champions League chasing Everton.

The Toffees are rumoured to be keen on bringing Albrighton to Goodison Park this summer, as they go in search of the top four finish that eluded them this term.

Manager Roberto Martinez has made a habit of getting the best out of young English players and could be the boss to bring the best out of the 24-year-old, who has endured a stop-start couple of seasons under Paul Lambert.

Everton could face some competition for Albrighton though, with Sunderland said to be among those chasing the midfielder’s signature.

Gus Poyet helped the Black Cats become only the second team in Premier League history to avoid relegation despite being bottom at Christmas.

More importantly, he has got the north east club playing some attractive football and with Craig Gardner set to leave this summer, there is certainly a gap for Albrighton in the team.

So while the Villa man is likely to face an emotional couple of weeks in which he will most likely end his association with the Clarets, better days at either Everton, Sunderland or perhaps even Leicester City could be just around the corner.

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