Robert Green is a Villa target

Villa are in pole position to sign Robert Green in the summer after rumours that the West Ham goalkeeper is weighing up his future.

Rob Green

Villa are in pole position to sign Robert Green in the summer after rumours that the West Ham goalkeeper is weighing up his future.

The 31-year-old is one of several players at Upton Park who are said to be worried about the impending prospect of relegation to the Championship.

A source close to the London club revealed that Green has sounded out what life is like at Villa through reserve team goalkeeper Andy Marshall.

The pair are close friends from their playing days at Norwich City and Marshall has spoken positively about life at the claret and blues.

Green is also concerned about the impact that dropping out of the top flight would have on his international prospects ahead of England's participation in the 2012 European Championships in Ukraine and Poland next summer.

Villa's current No.1 Brad Friedel is out of contract in the summer and while the club are in process of negotiating a new deal, the management realise the need to look to look to the future with Friedel turning 40 this month.

It was initially thought that Friedel would only remain at Villa Park if he was the club's first-choice keeper but recent discussions suggest the American would accept playing second fiddle to Green.

Speculation over the futures of Stewart Downing and Ashley Young, who have both had impressive campaigns, is also set to increase as the transfer window edges closer.

Young is out of contract next summer while Downing has two years left to run on his deal and assistant manager Gary McAllister admitted their form means other clubs will always be interested.

"Both these guys are under contract. I know the clubs they've been linked with and it tells you that they're playing well," said McAllister.

"The so-called interest is from Champions League clubs -— as a player I realise the attraction of playing somewhere like that, but at the moment, they're playing for us.

"That's our concern. We want them to keep playing well."

Meanwhile, Everton manager David Moyes has dismissed speculation that he is set to replace manager Gerard Houllier who is recovering from a heart problem.

He said: "It is nothing to do with me. I am at a great club and have a great job. I don't know what to say."