Ashley Young is being targeted by Liverpool as they believe that Aston Villa will accept a bid of around £25 million.

The England international’s contract expires next summer and his club would rather cash in on him now rather than allow him to move for free in 2012.

Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham are all thought to be interested in Young, which could help Villa achieve their asking price if a bidding war erupts.

The winger is likely to be keen on a move after the disappointing season Villa have endured, especially as he would be likely to improve on his current £65,000 per week deal.