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Medical on Thursday as Aston Villa set to finalise transfer within 48 hours - report

By Amir Mir

Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan was due to undergo a Middlesbrough medical on Thursday and complete his transfer in the next 48 hours, according to a report.

The Birmingham Mail claimed on its transfer blog on Thursday (12.49pm) that the American keeper is on the verge of a move to the Riverside.

It is said a deal could be completed in time for Guzan to come up against Villa when they take on Boro in Saturday’s pre-season friendly at Villa Park.

Guzan is said to have agreed a two-year contract with the newly-promoted Premier League outfit.

Villa have sanctioned the exit of Guzan after his form slipped alarmingly over the last 24 months and they conceded 76 goals last season in their relegation from the Premier League.

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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

It is said Guzan wanted a fresh start after a wretched few years with the club, which has seen his reputation alarmingly fall.

Youngster Pierluigi Gollini will now take the No.1 gloves as manager Roberto Di Matteo plans to win instant promotion back to the top-flight of English football.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, a French club have tabled a bid for the club’s highly-rated striker.