Aston Villa are angry with the Premier League's new Elite Player Performance Plan.

The Mirror says Villa are upset that under EPPP rules they will get an initial ­payment of just over £200,000 for England Under-17 international Dan Crowley from Arsenal.

Crowley is aged 15 and had not agreed a professional contract, which means Villa can only claim a set fee for the player dubbed 'the new Jack Wilshere'.

They approached the ­Premier League to argue that, because he played for Villa's Under-18 side, Crowley should be treated as a 17-year-old and his fee should be set by a tribunal. The case was dismissed.