Villa boss to fight tooth and nail to keep ‘next Gerrard’

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has warned Liverpool that they face a fight to sign highly-rated midfielder Fabian Delph.

The Reds are looking for a long-term replacement for skipper Steven Gerrard, who announced earlier this month that he is leaving Liverpool at the end of the season to play for LA Galaxy in the MLS after being with the Anfield club since the age of seven, and manager Brendan Rodgers sees Delph as the man who could fill Gerrard’s shoes.

The 25 year-old’s contract at Villa Park expires in the summer, and with Delph stalling on a new deal at the Midlands club, Villa may look to cash in on the player in January, with a figure of £8 milion being mooted by the Daily Star.

However, Lambert insists that the club are doing all they can to try and convince Delph to remain at the club.

“It would be a major boost if we can get him to stay. It would send out a great message. Him turning around and staying would be a massive statement,” he said.

“We’re still talking to Fabian. Hopefully we can get something done. It would be great for us if we could do it.”

Aston Villa host Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday, where Rodgers will doubtless be keeping a close eye on Delph.

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