Aston Villa are locked in a contract stand-off with highly-rated youngster Keinan Davis.

Villa have made a new deal for Davis a priority after the teenage striker’s emergence this season, but it is believed that negotiations are deadlocked over the salary the Championship club are prepared to offer.

Davis has played a key role in Villa’s climb up the Championship table and Villa want to offer him a pay rise, barely a year after he signed his last contract.

But Villa’s hierarchy are struggling to resolve the issue with the 19-year-old and talks are now at an impasse, with Bournemouth, West Bromwich Albion and Huddersfield monitoring the situation.

Davis has recently moved ahead of £12 million striker Scott Hogan in Steve Bruce’s starting XI, while another £12m signing, Ross McCormack, has been sent out on loan to Melbourne City.