By Wayne Veysey

23rd Sep, 2021 | 7:31am

Sources: Aston Villa offering Archer big-money deal to stop him quitting in January

Aston Villa are offering Cameron Archer an improved deal to stop him quitting in January, Football Insider understands.

This site revealed on 15 September the striker sensation, 20, has opened talks with the club over a new contract.

A Villa source has told Football Insider the club are working on agreeing a deal that includes a big pay hike for Archer and are hopeful a deal can be done ahead of the January window.

Villa are aware of Premier League and European interest in the rising star, who can sign a pre-contract with an overseas team from the turn of the year.

Dean Smith and his coaching staff have a clear first-team plan for Archer after being hugely impressed by his progress.

He has been told he will get minutes this season and the manager was true to his word by starting the youngster in Wednesday’s EFL Cup clash against Chelsea.

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Villa drew the match at Stamford Bridge 1-1 but lost the penalty shoot-out 4-3 to be eliminated from the competition.

Smith’s side had levelled in normal time when Archer demonstrated outstanding technique to steer in a headed equaliser.

It lifted his goal tally to four from two EFL Cup games this season after his hat-trick in the second round win over Barrow.

Villa rejected offers for Archer to go out on loan before the transfer window shut at the end of August.

Manager Smith had revealed there were “certainly a lot of takers for” the young forward.

In other news, injury expert issues Bailey fears as Aston Villa plan to avoid ‘months out’ revealed.