Aston Villa eye Newcastle United’s out-of-contract Danny Guthrie

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ASTON Villa are eyeing a move for Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie, writes MILES STARFORTH.

Guthrie’s contract expires at the end of the season, with talks over a new deal only scheduled for the summer.

While Villa boss Alex McLeish is an admirer, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is keen to tie the 24-year-old down to a long-term contract, having recently secured captain Fabricio Coloccini, Tim Krul and Ryan Taylor on new deals.

However, Guthrie, for the moment, is focused on the Magpies’ bid to qualify for the Europa League, with Norwich visiting on Sunday.

“I’m scheduled for talks,” Guthrie said.

“Come the end of the season, my agent will be in touch with the club, or vice versa. We’re just waiting to see what happens.”

Guthrie, signed by Newcastle from Liverpool in 2008 during Kevin Keegan’s second spell as manager, has been hit by a series of frustrating injuries over the past couple of seasons.

And his appearances in his favoured central midfield role have also been restricted by the form of Yohan Cabaye and Cheik Tiote.

But Guthrie – whose agent is able to talk to clubs ahead of the summer, when he becomes a free agent – insists he remains content on Tyneside: “Of course. Look at the way the club’s gone this season – I’m really happy.

“On a personal note, my form’s been really good.

“I’ve had a couple of injuries, but I’ve managed to stay fit for a while now, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.

“We want to finish it off now.

“The position we’re in at the minute’s down to the players and staff.

“We lost some big players (last summer), but the club brought in good players, and we’ve all pulled together.”