Aston Villa have been told they need to overcome several obstacles if they want to buy Rangers' striker Dado Prso.

Villa manager David O'Leary is after at least one new forward this summer and the prolific Croatian is believed to be one of his targets along with Southampton's Kevin Phillips.

But Prso's agent Ranko Stojic says the 30-year-old forward is happy at Rangers, where he wants to extend his contract.

And Stojic says that if Rangers do decide to cash in on the £3.5 million-rated player - who joined on a free from Monaco last summer - then there are several clubs interested in his services.

Stojic said: "Dado is a striker who can play at the top level and everybody wants players like that - not just Aston Villa.

"I have great respect for Rangers and Dado is happy there, so I don't think we will need to do anything with another club.

"But I think it is important for Rangers to show they still have ambition. I am planning to come over to Glasgow within the next couple of weeks to talk about Dado's situation.

"I think it would be good for the club and the player if we could open negotiations over an extra year on his contract."

The Birmingham Post revealed yesterday that Prso, who has two years left on his contract at Ibrox, was a potential transfer target for O'Leary.

The Villa boss knows he must strengthen his attack as Carlton Cole could return to Chelsea this summer - leaving Juan Pablo Angel and Darius Vassell as the club's only senior strikers.

Both men have struggled for goals this season due to injuries and loss of form but Prso, who is 6ft 2in, has already scored 19 times this term.

The powerfully built Croatian, who spurned an opportunity to join Bolton Wanderers last summer, is fancied to become Scotland's player of the year.

O'Leary has made it clear that he wants to make signings in the summer and has been assured of a "substantial amount of money" to spend on new players by the Villa board. His budget could increase if his side qualify for the Uefa Cup by finishing seventh in the Premiership.

Villa are ninth with three games remaining, but there is plenty of optimism among supporters that their team could yet beat off Tottenham and Middlesbrough for that coveted final European spot.

Villa have sold all their 2,200 tickets for Sunday's match against Spurs at White Hart Lane and the trip to Liverpool on the last day of the season is also sold out. n Pavitar Randhawa from Wednesfield in Wolverhampton has beaten 2,500 contestants to become the first winner of the Villa wannabee competition and reality TV show.

Randhawa wins a six-week trial in the Villa Youth Academy after being voted the best youngster during a nine-week event that was screened by the Asian Television Network.

Villa's Community Manager Duncan Riddle said: "Pavitar was a worthy winner and a naturally gifted footballer who impressed from the very early stages of competition."