Middlesbrough centre back David Wheater is ready to snub Villa in a bid to get his hometown team back into the big time.
The £8m rated defender suffered the heartache of relegation from the Premier League last season but he is determined to feel the ecstasy of promotion at the end of the new campaign.
Martin O'Neill is set on acquiring young English talent in a bid to progress Villa and Wheater, 22, fits the bill.
But it now appears that money and a European place will fail to lure the Boro boy as he looks to stay loyal to Gareth Southgate's men.
Wheater is now focused on the first game of the season for his current team, which is against Sheffield United on August 7.