By Harry Sykes
Adama Traore is set for a 50 per cent pay rise next season following Aston Villa’s relegation, according to a report.
The £7million signing from Barcelona has been a major disappointment since moving to Villa Park last summer.
But the Mail claim Traore will reportedly be rewarded with a £20,000-a-week pay rise that will lift lift his salary from £40,000-a-week to £60,000-a-week.
Most Villa players are set to be hit with pay cuts after the club’s relegation to the Championship was confirmed last weekend following a wretched season.
The terms of Traore’s deal allow him to be given an uplift in his salary, the Mail report, which is surely to antagonise supporters alarmed by the club’s disastrous recruitment in recent transfer windows.
Traore, 20, has been deemed too raw to play this season by the three men who have picked the side, Tim Sherwood, Remi Garde and Eric Black.
The former Barcelona B player has made just 11 appearances, including only one since January. He has scored a single goal for Villa.
Meanwhile, Gabriel Agbonlahor has been suspended pending an investigation after pictures emerged of him partying last weekend.
The club captain could have played his last game for Villa as details emerged of the latest embarrassing episode of what has been a wretched season for the forward.
The Midlands club are said to be keen to shift Agbonlahor’s £54,000-a-week salary off the wage bill as they prepare for life in the Championship. He has two years remaining on his contract.
In other Aston Villa news, the club are reportedly closing in on a new manager, who could be in the dugout shortly.