Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists the club are working around to clock to sign star duo Ron Vlaar and Fabian Delph to new deals.
The pair have just eight months left on their respective contracts, and recent reports have noted that a host of Premier League clubs are circling should the club fail to tie them down to fresh terms.
Lambert admits that talks have stalled at his point, but stresses that management are desperate to reach a resolution as soon as possible.
‘The club is doing everything it can,’ he was quoted in the Sutton Coldfield Observer. ‘We’ve spoken to their agents and we know the situation.’
Captain Vlaar in known to be a target for Manchester United, with Villa understood to have slapped a £12 million price tag on the Dutch centre-back ahead of an anticipated winter approach from his former national team boss Louis van Gaal.
Delph, meanwhile, has also attracted reported interest from the likes of Arsenal and Everton after breaking into the England setup, but Lambert maintains there are no plans to cash in on the in-demand pair, despite the considerable risk of losing them both for nothing in the summer.
‘It’s not something I’ve thought about. The only thing I think about is getting results,’ he said.
‘The lads have been as good as gold and they haven’t been any issue.
‘They’ve been great and got on with their football. It’s the agents [the club] deal with.
‘[Randy Lerner] has been great and he leaves all that stuff to me. He never once gets too embroiled into it. He understands where everything is and what’s happening with it.
‘He’s never said no to me. If he thinks someone’s too dear then obviously he’ll say. He’s always been really fair to me that way and has been really good with me.’