Steven Gerrard hatches plan as Liverpool and Man Utd send scouts to watch John McGinn | Football | Sport

Aston Villa are set to hand a new contract to John McGinn as Steven Gerrard looks to bat off Liverpool and Manchester United for his signature. The midfielder has been a shining light for the club.

Gerrard has conjured up a plan to keep the likes of Liverpool and United away from signing McGinn.

The Scotland international is set to be offered a new contract to ignore the Premier League big boys and stay at Aston Villa.

The midfielder has been a sensation at the club this season and others are starting to take notice.

In 19 Premier League appearances, the 27-year-old has scored three and assisted two while his contract expires in 2025.

And while there is plenty of time left on his current deal, Gerrard wants to underline the fact that he is not for sale, report the Mirror.

The latest offer will see McGinn’s terms extended for another two years while also totting up his salary.

Both Liverpool and United have sent scouts to watch the former Hibernian star and have been impressed by what they have seen.

The two Premier League giants are also desperate to bolster their midfields – particularly at Old Trafford where they have also been linked with Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice.

But Gerrard sees McGinn as one of his key men in the dressing room while he has already been tipped for stardom from ex-Villan Joe Cole.

Speaking in the BT Sport studio, the former England international insisted that United could do a lot worse than McGinn in midfield.

He said: “You look at that club and you constantly hear noises about this player is unhappy because the manager said this and this player’s unhappy because he’s been given time here and he didn’t want it and all this.

“You just want lads like him [McGinn] through the door.

“First of all, they have to be good enough and he’s certainly good enough as a footballer but that is so valuable for a manager in the current climate.

“He’s not an Instagram footballer, he gets on with it and does his job.”

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