By Wayne Veysey

9th Nov, 2021 | 12:02pm

Sources: Lange wants 49-yr-old to be new Aston Villa manager amid Gerrard and Terry talks update

Johan Lange is trying to convince Aston Villa chiefs to appoint Kasper Hjulmand as their new manager, Football Insider understands.

But the club hierarchy have major reservations over the Denmark boss, 49, and he is regarded as an outsider for the vacant post.

A Villa source has told Football Insider that chief executive Christian Purslow wants a more high-profile appointment that will excite the club’s supporters.

Steven Gerrard is high on the Midlands giants’ list of potential targets and the club are set to make a move for him this week.

This site revealed on 4 November, three days before Smith was sacked, that Terry would also be sounded out for the manager’s job and talks will also take place with him over the coming days.

Other candidates include Belgium manager Roberto Martinez, who has some support among the club hierarchy.

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Purslow and Lange have been charged with securing a replacement for the recently-sacked Dean Smith during the international break.

Lange, who joined Villa in July 2020 as sporting director after six years in a similar post at FC Copenhagen, is believed to be strongly pushing the credentials of Hjulmand.

He took the Danes to the Euro 2020 semis earlier this year and has overseen an impressive World Cup qualifying campaign.

The national team managed by the former Nordsjaelland, Mainz and Lyngby manager have won all eight of their games, as they lead the table by seven points over Scotland.

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