The Villans take on Derby County for a place in the Premier League but will be stung if they triumph
Aston Vila will be forced to shell out £4million to a host of unwanted flops if they achieve promotion to the Premier League, according to reports.
The Villans take on Derby County in the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley for the chance to join Norwich City and Sheffield United in the top-flight.
And while the game itself is reportedly the most lucrative in football, it seems Villa will be forced to make a host of lucrative pay-outs instantly.
The Daily Mirror report a host of players are set for a hike in their wages if promotion is achieved – despite playing little or no part in achieving it.
Ross McCormack, Scott Hogan, Gary Gardner, James Bree and Henri Lansbury have made a total of 17 league appearances between them during this campaign.
Only former Arsenal man Lansbury has remained at the club, while the rest are out on loan.
The Scotland international is set to see his wages skyrocket to £70,000-a-week if the club do go up, despite spending the season with the Central Coast Mariners alongside Usain Bolt and Motherwell.
Meanwhile, midfielder Gardner is also in line for a pay rise, despite spending the season on loan at rivals Birmingham City.
Both are out of contract at the end of next season, but Lansbury and Hogan are under contract until 2021.
The potential wage-bill woes arise from commitments made during the reign of former owner Dr Tony Xia, who sanctioned a spending spree shortly after taking control from previous incumbent Randy Lerner.