It’s all gone a bit quiet on the Aston Villa transfer front in the Football Transfer Tavern in recent weeks but today’s edition of The Express reports that Aston Villa are set to see a £10 million bid rejected for Japanese international midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake.
Sources in Germany indicate that the West Midlands clubs are preparing to move again for the talented 23-year-old after seeing an initial £8.5 million bid turned down.
However it appears that Villa are set to fail in this particular pursuit with his club, Nuremburg, ready to resist any transfer moves until after next summer’s World Cup in Brazil when his price is expected to rise.
Responding to the speculation, Nuremburg chairman Martin Bader stated: “The fact is we have not yet received a new request so we haven’t dealt with it.”
Bader added: “We have the player and have clearly stated that we plan to continue with him.”
Nuremburg are not under any pressure to sell the Japanese international time summer with Kiyotake’s contract running until June 2015 after he only joined the German club from Cerezo Osaka last summer.
Villa may now have to offload some unwanted players in attempt to raise enough funds for the attacking midfielder, who scored four goals in his 31 Bundesliga games.
Paul Lambert has already signed Jores Okore, Aleksandar Tonev, Antonio Luna, Nicklas Helenius and Leandro Bacuna for the new season but easily his main success of the transfer window was retaining the services of in-demand striker Christian Benteke.