£18m Aston Villa duo likely to have played their last game for the club - report
By Harry Sykes
Aston Villa strikers Ross McCormack and Libor Kozak are unlikely to ever play for the club again, according to a report.
The Birmingham Mail claim there is set to be a further overhaul of Villa’s forward roster in the coming transfer window.
It is said that Kozak, 27, “has likely played his last game for the club” and McCormack, 30, “doesn’t appear to have a future” at Villa Park.
McCormack was signed from Fulham only last summer in a £12million deal but he made little impact in the first half of the season before being loaned out to Nottingham Forest in the January window.
The Scotland international’s situation will come under the microscope again at the end of the season after he was publicly criticised by manager Steve Bruce for his lax attitude and poor time keeping.
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Kozak was another expensive forward addition, joining from Lazio in the summer of 2013 for £5.5million.
But the Czech has made just two senior appearances this season and has been forced to train with the club’s Under-23s as well as playing four times in Premier League 2.
The seven-times Czech Republic international has made just 22 appearances in nearly four years at the club in what has been one of the most disappointing acquisitions in the club’s recent history.
Villa have spent widely on forwards in the last two windows, with Jonathan Kodjia and Scott Hogan joining from Bristol City and Brentford for fees of around £15million apiece.
Villa have won five of their last six matches to climb to 12th in the Championship table but are 11 points adrift of Sheffield Wednesday, who are sixth and in the final promotion spot.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, talks are to get underway as a proven Premier League performer wants to join the Midlands club.