Paul Lambert will step up his efforts to keep Aston Villa striker Andreas Weimann on board as Sunderland are plotting a swoop.
The Villa chief is keen on extending the highly-rated 21-year-old Austrian international’s stay at Villa Park beyond the end of next season after an impressive campaign in which he scored 12 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions.
Lambert has always been confident that Weimann would stay put given that he has now successfully emerged from the youth ranks having signed as a 16-year-old from Rapid Vienna in 2008.
However, Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio is now thought to be keen on taking Weimann to the Stadium of Light this summer after the Black Cats narrowly avoided relegation this past season, with a lack of goals cited as one of the reasons for their struggles.
Weimann has recently hinted that his future lies with Villa by boasting that the club is ‘only going to get better’, but Lambert will look to ensure he does when the player’s representative Robert Groener flies over for talks on Tuesday.
Groener has confirmed that he will hear what Villa have to offer but would not rule out a move to another top-flight club in the transfer window.
He told the Birmingham Mail: “There is a meeting planned and we hope we can come to a successful conclusion.
“Andi will stay in the Premier League, but at which club I do not know at this moment. There are offers, but we will first meet Villa and listen to them.”
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