O'Neill Looks To Secure Youngster
Martin O'Neill is looking to tie young Villa midfielder Isaiah Osbourne to the club on a long-term deal.
Osbourne was given number 27 as a squad number last month and O'Neill wants to see the 18-year-old stay and develop at Villa.
O'Neill told the official site: 'We had a mixed game one day and he was brought in to play and he hasn't left us since. I think he's done very well indeed. I wouldn't want young players here at the football club with not a great deal of time left on their contracts. He has one year left, or something like that on his contract and I'd like to do something about it because he has done very well.'
'While it's very easy to shout from afar, he's definitely got a chance. His hero is Patrick Vieira - and he's not a bad one to aspire to! I like Osbourne. I think he is really decent. He is learning his trade here and he is a good lad too. His whole approach to the game is so refreshing for a start, which I suppose you would expect from a youngster. But he can pass it and he can run with it. He's got a really good natural ability and it's encouraging.'