Osbourne to pen Villa deal

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Promising midfielder Isaiah Osbourne is poised to commit his future to Aston Villa.

Martin O'Neill has been keen to secure the player's signature on a new contract and Osbourne, 19, is expected to oblige by penning a new three-and-a-half year deal on Thursday.

Osbourne's breakthrough has been a bonus to O'Neill who, by his own admission, has seen his thin squad stretched in recent weeks.

After making his debut for the club in a Carling Cup tie at Leicester in October the former Academy starlet has impressed at Premiership level

Osbourne's most recent outing came at White Hart Lane on Boxing Day, when he was used as a half-time substitute in Villa's 2-1 defeat to Tottenham.