Liverpool and Aston Villa lead the chase for £8m winger

Mirror Football is reporting that WBA manager Roy Hodgson is ready to offer Chris Brunt a bumper new contract in a bid to kill off interest in the player from Liverpool and Aston Villa. Hodgson is keen to tie West Brom skipper Brunt down to a longer contract and prevent his exit from the Hawthorns this summer.

Liverpool’s director of football Damien Comolli is a huge admirer £8m rated midfielder – who was made West Brom captain by former Anfield boss Hodgson earlier this year. Aston Villa is targeting the 26 year old as a potential replacement for Ashley Young at the end of the season.

Brunt really made a name for himself in the lower leagues with Sheffield Wednesday and in the earlier part of his spell with West Brom. Brunt has since proved himself to be a highly accomplished Premier League footballer and also won over 20 caps for Nothern Ireland.

However, Hodgson has recommended a new deal for Brunt – who has two years remaining on his current deal. Hodgson said on the issue “At the moment, we have spoken internally about plans and ideas, but if it was up to me I would not want to make wholesale changes.”

West Brom are also keen to tie down leading scorer Peter Odemwingie  and defender Abdoulaye Meite to longer term deals.

Follow me on Twitter @jimlk2007