Fabian Delph set to replace Steven Gerrard at Liverpool – report

England and Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph is on his way out of Villa Park and could be heading for Anfield to join Liverpool, according to the Daily Mirror.

Liverpool appear to be leading the race for the 25-year-old, and want Delph to be the replacement for their ageing captain Steven Gerrard.

Although Liverpool aren’t the only club interested in the former Leeds United academy graduate, as Tottenham Hotspur are also tracking the situation.

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With Delph’s current contract set to expire in the summer, Aston Villa may cash in to avoid him leaving on a free transfer in July.

Liverpool are in the last 32 of the Europa League and set to face Besiktas and Delph would be eligible to join the squad for the European competition if he signs with the Reds in January, with his credentials likely to be tested.

Delph joined Villa in 2009 under then manager Martin O’Neil from Leeds United following their failure to gain promotion to the Championship. However it was two manager successors later that he would enjoy his best spell at Villa Park, as he broke through under the stewardship of current head coach Paul Lambert in the 2012-2013 season.

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He has progressed dramatically since then as was named as Aston Villa’s Player of the Year last season before receiving an England call up and he featured in the England friendly against Switzerland in September.

Tottenham are the other club linked with Delph’s services, and a reported swap deal that would see Moussa Dembele travel to Villa has been talked about. Delph was reportedly offered a new contract at Aston Villa with improved terms in October, but the midfielder is keeping his options open and has yet to put pen to paper on any contract.

Should Aston Villa sell Fabian Delph in January, or allow him to leave for free in the summer?

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