The Metro have been reporting that Aston Villa will offer Ciaran Clark a new contract as Ron Vlaar looks more likely to leave Aston Villa. Vlaar who is out of contract in July has still not signed a new deal, despite being offered a new contract almost two weeks ago. Vlaar has been linked with moves to Southampton, Sunderland and some overseas clubs during that time period.
Clark is rated by Sherwood, after a fantastic campaign and likes that fact that Clark is an aggressive, tough tackling defender. Clark’s contract is expiring in 12 months and West Brom were rumoured to be considering a £4 million bid for the Irish defender.
This would be fantastic business. Clark has improved a lot and he is starting to enter that age where he will become the experienced centre-back in the defence. Clark has a good partnership with Okore and graduated the youth academy with Nathan Baker. I can see Clark being our defender for several years with many fans believing that he is better than Vlaar. A good move all around, even if Vlaar does end up staying, offering a contract to Clark should be high on Sherwood’s priority list.