Aston Villa could hand Downing new deal

The Mirror reports that Villa expects Ashley Young could leave the club as he has just 12 months left on his current deal with the club.

Villa are keen to avoid getting into a similar situation with Downing, who has almost two-and-a-half-years left on his contract.

Boss Gerard Houllier said: “At the end of the season we will see. He’s improved a lot and works hard.”