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2nd Dec, 2016 | 3:44pm

Bruce confident Aston Villa will seal January deal for 27-year-old

By Amir Mir

Steve Bruce has confirmed that Libor Kozak will be allowed to leave Aston Villa during the January transfer window.

The Villa manager revealed his confidence on Friday that Villa will find a new home for the 27-year-old striker next month.

Kozak, who has made just two appearances for the Championship side this season, is expected to find a new club before his contract expires next summer.

Kozak, who was signed by then-Villa manager Paul Lambert from Italian side Lazio in 2013, has seen injuries and bad luck ruin his time at Villa Park.

He suffered a broken leg in January 2014, which ruled him out of action for more than a year and since Lambert’s sacking in February 2015, he has fallen out of favour.

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During his Thursday press conference ahead of the Championship fixture against Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday evening, Bruce had this to say about Kozak.

“Certainly Kozak needs to go and play somewhere,” said Bruce, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail. “He’s been fit for the last four or five weeks. He scored twice in the under-23s at Stoke on Saturday

“To be fair to the boy, he’s just got himself back training and fit. It’s been a disaster and maybe a change of scenery for him is probably inevitable.

“He needs to go and play football so if we could get a home for him to go and play football, that would probably be good.”

The Czech Republic international last appeared for club in August when they were beaten 3-1 by Bristol City.

During his three years at Villa, Kozak has played 22 games, finding the net on four occasions, with his last goal coming in the Premier League against Stoke in 2013.

Now, he is most likely to depart the Midlands club in January after a miserable spell as Bruce’s side aim for instant promotion back to the top flight.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, the Midlands side are one of four Championship clubs targeting this 20-year-old.