Villa prepared to double money to secure Davis' loyalty

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The Aston Villa midfielder Steven Davis has been offered a new contract which would more than double his pay, even though he still has three and a half years left on his current deal.

Davis has made a massive impact since breaking into the first team 12 months ago and has also become a Northern Ireland international. The 20-year-old is already attracting interest from the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal, who are trying to replace Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira respectively.

But the Villa chairman, Doug Ellis, is determined to hang on to Davis and has therefore made the new offer. Ellis said: "Steven has been offered an excellent contract. I wouldn't divulge what he is on now but it is more than double that.

"I've told him that I know I can look after him as long as he continues to play well. We are doing all we can to keep him. I would say that he is going nowhere, but that would make it seem as if I was issuing a challenge and that is not the case."

Ellis has confirmed that Villa will be looking only for loan signings during the January transfer window.

The Aston Villa striker Kevin Phillips has said that keyhole surgery on an ankle injury, which he underwent on Tuesday, has gone well: "The surgeon has removed a small piece of floating bone that was causing some discomfort, but he's pleased with the result and now it's just a matter of time.

"It's too early to say how long I'll be out for but, needless to say, I want to get back into the swing of things as soon as possible."

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