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By ESPN Staff

Moore bracing himself for crunch Villa talks

Aston Villa striker Luke Moore is steeling himself for talks with manager David O'Leary that could lead to the striker quitting.

Moore finished last season as Villa's joint-leading goalscorer in the Premiership with eight, although bizarrely failed to play any part in the club's final six matches.

Now the 20-year-old, who last summer signed a three-year contract that keeps him at Villa Park until 2008, is concerned over his future.

Agent Steve Kutner said: 'Luke is Villa through and through, and in an ideal world he would remain there forever and be their striker.

'But if O'Leary says he is not going to be his number one next year he may decide to go elsewhere.

'So we need to know Aston Villa's plans for Luke, but it is very difficult for us to do anything because of all the uncertainty at the club.

'Luke is going on holiday, and when he comes back hopefully the club will have sorted everything out.

'Then I have to speak to David, who has been very honest with me in the past, and find out what his plans are for Luke.

'He is a loyal lad. We will give Villa a couple of weeks and then see what happens. He is under a long-term contract and Villa might not want to let him out.'

Much could depend on what happens to O'Leary's other strikers in Milan Baros, Juan Pablo Angel, Kevin Phillips, and even Gabriel Agbonlahor who found himself promoted ahead of Moore late on.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Kutner added: 'Luke has done well, but he is at the age where he has had a taste of the first team and he does not want to drop down the pecking order.'