Aston Villa are one win away from a return to the Premier League, but promotion could come at a cost for them, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Villans take on Derby County in the Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium next Monday, with victory seeing them back in the top flight for the first time since 2016.
Should Villa go on and achieve promotion in London next week, there will be a cost attached to it, with their squad all due significant wage rises, including a number of players who are not part of Dean Smith’s plans moving forward.
In total there are five men on the Villans’ books who would see their salaries enhanced significantly despite hardly being involved recently, with Ross McCormack one of those. His weekly wage could go up to as much as £70,000 per week, even though he hasn’t kicked a ball for them since September 2017.
Craig Gardner, Henri Lansbury, Scott Hogan and James Bree are another quartet of Villa players who would be entitled to a pay rise, despite the fact that they have made just 17 appearances for the club in total during the current campaign.
Four of the five men have been out on loan for much of this season, highlighting how little a part of the Villans’ future they are going to play moving forward.
The rises will be due to be paid as part of the contracts they signed under previous Villa owner Dr Tony Xia, who allowed Steve Bruce to go on something of a spending spree when he took over at Villa.
McCromack and Gardner have another year left on their contract, while Hogan and Lansbury have two more years left on their current deals with the Villans.
It is expected that the new Villa owners will look to do something with the quartet that comes to a compromise, limiting the outgoings the club will need to spend on them.