Weimann's Villa future unclear

Andreas Weimann's Aston Villa future remains clouded in doubt following the latest round of contract negotiations with the Premier League club.

Weimann's representatives have held a third round of talks with Villa's hierarchy, but have still not reached a successful conclusion in the bid to extend his existing deal.

The Austria international is about to enter the final year of his contract and manager Paul Lambert has made it clear keeping the 21-year-old is top of his list of priorities.

The latest meeting with Weimann's agent Robert Groener has left the impression that Weimann is determined to keep his options open with a list of Premier League sides interested in securing his services.

Sunderland, Newcastle United and Liverpool have all been linked with the striker who scored 12 goals in his breakthrough season at Villa Park.

Groener confirmed he has held further talks with Villa, saying: “We had a meeting and discussed several things. It is not for me to comment on whether they were successful.

"That is not my responsibility. It is up to Aston Villa to make a public comment and to say whether Andi will stay with the club."

Villa are understood to be relaxed about the Weimann situation and feel they are inching towards a successful conclusion, but are prepared for lengthy process.

Owner Randy Lerner is in the process of reducing the club's wage bill to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations and is looking to offload high earners Darren Bent, Shay Given and Stephen Ireland.

Meetings are planned for this week with Ireland as the club look to come to a mutual agreement which will allow the £8 million signing from Manchester City to move on.

The departure of the high earners will provide room for improved contracts for the likes of Weimann and right back Matthew Lowton.