Ashley Young is on the verge of signing a new long-term contract with Aston Villa.
Villa boss Gerard Houllier confirmed that Young will be tying up his new deal "sooner rather than later", and he is expected to commit for four years.
Young, who has just under two years left of his current contract, has started the season in sparkling form. He has effectively switched from the wing into a second striker role behind Emile Heskey.
When asked about Young's new contract, Houllier said: "The good news should come early, sooner rather than later."