By Amir Mir

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan will leave the club on a free transfer to Premier League club Middlesbrough, according to a report.

The Birmingham Mail state that Guzan will leave by the end of the week, which will give new signing Pierluigi Gollini the number one keeper spot at the club.

The Midlands outfit conceded 76 goals last term, with Guzan being at the centre of criticism for his wretched performances in the last 24 months.

Continuous mistakes, poor distribution and a lack of confidence has led to the American’s downfall, despite being named the club’s player of the year for the 2012-13 season.

Villa owner Tony Xia informed supporters on his personal Twitter account that up to four players will depart the Championship club this week as manager Roberto Di Matteo trims his large squad.

The news of Guzan’s imminent exit will please supporters as they can now look to support their young shot-stopper Gollini in his first season with the club.

Gollini signed from Italian signed Hellas Verona on a long-term contract earlier on in the summer, as Di Matteo and his backroom staff prepare to gain instant promotion back to the Premier league.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, this Villa flop is set to earn a contract with a Premier League side.