Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has revealed that England international winger Ashley Young is close to signing a new long-term contract with the club.
It is believed that the 25-year-old, who was linked with a transfer to Tottenham in the summer, has been offered a new four-year deal by Villa.
"Ashley, to me, has international qualities," said former Liverpool boss Houllier. "He is clever, reads the game well, works hard, is quick, has got quick feet, can score goals, make goals and takes part in movements to prepare goals.
"Whether he can play for the national team is not down to me to say yes or no. All I know is that we want the player to step up another level because he is on the fringe of the international team. I want him to be a regular player (for England)."
Young has found the net 31 times in 158 appearances for Villa since joining the club from Watford in January 2007.
He made his England debut when he came on as a substitute in the friendly victory against Austria almost three years ago.
Young has gone on to win eight more caps for his country, although he has only started one match - the friendly draw with the Netherlands in August 2009.