By Amir Mir
Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has expressed his frustration on Twitter after a report linked youngster Rushian Hepburn-Murphy to Rangers.
The Birmingham Mail previously claimed that the 18-year-old striker is attracting interest from Glasgow giants Rangers and is yet to agree terms with Villa after being offered a new contract.
It is said the Ibrox club have watched the club’s youngest ever player in action, and Rangers could swoop for the player in a pre-contract agreement, as early as January, if a new deal is not signed with Villa.
Due to cross-border transfer regulations, Scottish sides can sign English players under 24 for a fraction of the price Premier League or Football League clubs have to pay.
This has seemingly annoyed the club’s chief Xia, who posted this message on his personal Twitter account:
I think it's even more important for FA/FL to set up some fair rules/policies to protect clubs cultivating young players than FFP rules.
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) November 13, 2016
Hepburn-Murphy is Villa’s youngest ever Premier League player, after he made his debut aged 16 years and 176 days in a seven-minute cameo from the bench against Sunderland in 2015.
Recently-sacked Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo brought him on as a late substitute during the 1-1 draw against Newcastle in September in what is his only appearance for the senior team this season.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, supporters on Twitter want to see the back of this senior figure as reports suggest he is set to depart the club.