United close in on Ashley Young

Manchester United are close to securing Aston Villa midfielder Ashley Young for £15 million according to reports on the back pages.

The England winger’s agent is believed to be hammering out a deal at Old Trafford tonight with the 25-year-old reported to be keen to finalise his move to the Premier League champions before his weeding this weekend.

Young’s agent, Eric Walters, was spotted at Old Trafford earlier in the week after Aston Villa agreed to allow the player, who is out of contract next summer, to speak to United.

If the transfer is completed it will mark a double whammy for Liverpool who also lost out to United for Blackburn Rovers defender Phil Jones and now look set to see long-term target Young head to Old Trafford too.

United are also in the process of signing David De Gea from Atletico Madrid which, if and when Young arrives, will bring their summer spending to £50 million.

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