By Danny Wright
Outgoing Aston Villa striker Libor Kozak is being lined up by Turkish Super Lig club Goztepe, according to a report.
Turkish news outlet Fotospor claims that they are planning to offer a two-year deal for the 28-year-old, who will leave Villa Park at the end of his contract in a matter of weeks.
Goztepe have recently earned promotion to the top-flight of Turkish football after winning the play-offs in the TFF First League and are understood to be looking at Kozak to bolster their attacking options for the upcoming campaign as he will be available for free.
The seven-times Czech Republic international has endured a nightmare in the West Midlands with Villa, after suffering multiple injury setbacks which has severely limited his game time.
He moved to Villa in 2013 from Serie A giants Lazio, but has only made 22 first-team appearances and scored four goals – all of which came in the Premier League.
Last season saw the striker earn just 75 minutes of senior football after two appearances as a substitute in August 2016 against Derby and Bristol City.
Kozak managed four appearances for Villa’s Under-23 side during the last season, scoring five goals which included a hat-trick against Newcastle’s development team.
Football Insider Verdict
Kozak’s time at Villa Park really highlights how a bad injury can really play havoc with someone’s career. He had the potential to be a really useful striker for Villa as he offers something that a lot of others players don’t have – strength and aerial ability. He’ll no doubt prove a success in Turkey as long as he stays fit and a good year with Goztepe could see some of the bigger sides seek to sign him again. As for Villa, Kozak had to be taken off the wage bill. It’s a great shame but finances can be ruthless, especially when Villa aren’t in the Premier League. Fans will be gutted to have not seen him fully stretch his legs in the claret and blue.
In other Aston Villa news, there has been a major development regarding Jonathan Kodjia’s recovery from a serious ankle injury.