Oldham Athletic manager Lee Johnson has confirmed that his side are in talks with Aston Villa over the signing of midfielder Daniel Johnson.
Johnson has impressed on a short-term loan deal at Boundary Park and the Latics are keen to tie him down to a permanent deal.
The 22-year-old is out of contract in the summer and Villa are thought to be happy to offload him, but Johnson admitted that there were complications with pushing the deal over the line.
“Talks are ongoing. There are a number of factors at play,” Johnson said to the Oldham Chronicle.
“Can we afford what he would want, wages-wise, do Aston Villa want a fee, and what about other interested parties? All these things have to be taken into account."
Johnson has scored three times since arriving at Oldham in November and has racked up a sizeable number of assists.
His future at Villa Park does appear limited though, with Paul Lambert making no suggestions that he could make the breakthrough for the Premier League side's first team.
Johnson has never played for the Villa's senior side despite coming through their academy system, and it is thought that he now needs to start looking for action elsewhere.
The Jamaican born midfielder has enjoyed loan spells at Yeovil Town and Chesterfield Town prior to his move to Oldham and, should he go out of contract, there is likely to be plenty of interest in his services from Football League clubs.