By Will Butcher
Middlesbrough are in talks with relegated side Aston Villa over a cut-price deal to sign Brad Guzan, according to a report.
The 31-year-old is one of the highest earners at Villa Park, and manager Roberto Di Matteo is willing to let Guzan leave as he looks to trim the wage bill.
ESPN claim that Boro manager Aitor Karanka is keen to add Premier League experience between the sticks and has sanctioned a move for the US international.
The recent arrival of goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini from Hellas Verona has raised further questions over Guzan’s future at Villa Park with the Italian expected to be No. 1 under Roberto Di Matteo next season.
Nevertheless, Guzan was first-choice for his country during their Copa America campaign this summer, and has been targeted to compete with former Barcelona veteran Victor Valdes, who was signed earlier this month.
Guzan, who has 50 United States caps to his name, has just 12 months remaining on his Villa Park deal.
Villa’s previous number one has made 171 appearances during his eight-year spell at the Midlands club, managing to produce 35 clean sheets in that time.
In other Aston Villa news, owner Tony Xia has refused to accept this offer for his star man.