Why Villa made it good news day

By Phil Jennings

NO new signings at the moment – not yet anyway – but it has been another good news day for Aston Villa.

After talks of contract talks opening for midfielder John McGinn and keeper Jed Steer, a new two year deal Assistant Head Coach John Terry was confirmed by the club.

McGinn is believed to have opened talks with Villa amid interest from Leicester City and West Ham, according to the Daily Mail.

A new contract for the Scot could be agreed within a few weeks.

McGinn has seen his value skyrocket since making a cut price £2.7million move from Hibs last summer.

He played a major role in Villa’s play-off campaign and was voted the club’s player of the year.

McGinn scored what turned out to be the winning goal at Wembley as Villa won the Play-off Final at Wembley against Derby.

He agreed a four-year deal when he signed but Villa will be keen to reward him now that they are in the top flight again.

McGinn scored seven goals last season and had a hand in 10 more as Villa’s late charge earned them promotion.

Steer, 26, is also in contact talks according to The Sun – despite Villa searching for a new No1 keeper.

He was another key player in Villa’s play-off bid and saved two penalties in a dramatic Hawthorns shoot-out as boss Dean Smith’s side beat West Brom to reach Wembley.

But he only has another year left on his contract and Villa want to extend that.

Steer is likely to play an influential role at the club with £6million January signing Lovre Kalinic on his way out of Villa. But Steer might find himself back on the bench again if Jack Butland or Neil Etheridge sign this summer.

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