WEYMOUTH have been in player talks with Premier League giants Manchester United and Liverpool, according to boss Brian Stock.

Stock also revealed discussions have been held with Aston Villa, Southampton and Sheffield United as the Terras look to attract serious talent to the Bob Lucas Stadium.

Word has spread among Britain’s elite clubs of the professional conduct shown by Weymouth when loaning young Aston Villa centre-back Dom Revan this season.

Revan joined the Terras one week after making his senior Villa debut in the FA Cup against Liverpool, coming up against the fearsome trio of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in a 4-1 loss.

Stock has been utilising his contacts this week to tap into the goldmine of released players and free agents, with the majority of EFL clubs publishing their retained player lists.

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Speaking to Echosport, Stock said: “There’s loads of players, it’s just trying to find the ones that fit us.

“We are limited because of location and budget. Those are the things that you have to consider.

“It’s important you build connections with players still contracted at clubs, especially at the top end of the leagues.

“We did that with Dom and I’ve actively spoken to Manchester United, Aston Villa, Louis (Langdown, assistant) spoke to Liverpool, Sheffield United – just a few to name.

“Whether anything materialises, we’ll wait and see. You can add Southampton to that as well.”

Asked if the success of Revan’s loan had attracted interest in Weymouth from other clubs, Stock agreed.

He said: “I don’t think it will be a secret when you look at these clubs.

“It won’t go unnoticed with Dom and the success he had at this club. That relationship was enhanced again when we spoke to Aston Villa.

“Although we sent him back injured, they were pleased with his development over the months he was with us.

“It’s important clubs have that connection and they know players are going to be looked after, and play games.

“The one thing I do say to every single player at the club is that I’ll never guarantee someone to start. They have to earn their place.”

Weymouth visit Hartlepool today (12.30pm).