By Alex Stevens

Aston Villa’s best paid player Gabriel Agbonlahor earns three times more than Leeds’ top earner, according to reports.

The Daily Star, citing information from the 2017 version of Football Manager, claim that Agbonlahor tops the Villa wage bill with a stunning £55,000-a-week salary.

This gives the striker, 30, the top pay packet at the Championship club, ahead of £50,000-a-week fellow former England international Micah Richards.

The duo’s deals are way in excess of the salaries earned at fellow bighitters Leeds, who are fourth in the Championship and have realistic hopes of a return to the Premier League.

By contrast, Villa are 12th in the division and have little chance of an instant return to the top flight despite a recent revival in form including Saturday’s 2-0 win against Wigan.

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The Daily Star, citing information from the 2017 version of Football Manager, claim that Modou Barrow is the best paid player at Elland Road on £20,000-a-week.

This places the winger ahead of the likes of Championship 24-goal top scorer Chris Wood, four-times Spain international Pablo Hernandez and defensive kingpins Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley.

Leeds are picking up the tab for Barrow in the second half of the season, which he is spending on loan after completing a deadline day move from Premier League club Swansea in the January window.

Like Agbonlahor and Richards, Barrow has had little game time in recent months as he struggled to get at look-in at Leeds.

Football management simulation game Football Manager claims to boast unrivalled club and real player data.

Leeds remain on course for a place in the play-offs after consolidating their place at fourth in the Championship table with a notable 2-0 win over Brighton on Saturday that lifts their haul to 69 points from 38 matches.

In other Leeds team news, the club are to pounce and re-sign a 23-year-old after a £10million transfer is all but sealed.

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