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Manchester United plan summer move for Aston Villa forward Ashley Young

Manchester United plan summer move for Aston Villa forward Ashley Young
Sir Alex Ferguson is plotting a £15m summer move for Ashley Young after failing to lure the Aston Villa winger to Manchester United during the January transfer window
Young, who scored in England’s 2-1 victory against Denmark in Copenhagen last week, is understood to be Ferguson’s leading outfield target at the end of the season after being monitored by United since the start of the season.

The 25-year-old is out of contract at Villa Park in June 2012 and has so far rejected Villa’s attempts to extend his deal at the club.

United’s efforts to sign Young in January were rebuffed by Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier but, while refusing to disclose the name of his transfer window target, Ferguson admitted in his programme notes ahead of Saturday’s 2-1 win against Manchester City that renewed efforts will be made to sign the player this summer.

Ferguson said: “We had an interest in one player and I thought we had a chance of bringing him in, but the other parties involved weren’t ready, so we have put it away until the summer.”

Houllier admitted this week that clubs are ‘sniffing around’ Young, but the Frenchman is hopeful that the former Watford player can still be persuaded to stay at Villa Park.

Houllier said: “He (Young) said he would meet the chairman at the end of season and we respect that.

“We know that some clubs could be interested in him but he could also be interested by Aston Villa.”