Date: 22nd June 2019 at 1:00pm
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By Pete O’Rourke

Jed Steer has doubled his wages through the new Aston Villa contract he has agreed this week, Football Insider understands.

The goalkeeper, 26, signed an improved contract this week that the club announced will tie him down until the summer of 2023.

A Villa source has told Football Insider, who broke the news of Steer’s extension, that he has secured a major pay hike that has doubled his wages to more than £20,000-a-week.

The big salary rise is evidence of the Midlands giants’ faith in the keeper and their commitment to ensuring his best years are at the club he joined in 2013.

The former England youth international has worn the Villa shirt only 27 times in first-team matches but 19 of those came last season as he played a crucial role in their promotion to the Premier League.

Steer stepped into the number one spot after January signing Lovren Kalinic struggled to adapt to English football and Orjan Nyland suffered a campaign-ending Achilles injury.

Villa are in the market for a new number one proven in the Premier League this summer, and their top target is Stoke City’s Jack Butland.

Football Insider has learned that the Midlands giants have leapfrogged Bournemouth to climb to pole position in the race to prise the England international from the Bet365 Stadium.

Villa do not believe Steer is ready to be a regular keeper for a club in the top flight and believe his potential will be best harnessed by being a number two.

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