Aston Villa dealt transfer blow in hunt for midfielder

Hiroshi Kiyotake

Nuremburg are poised to reject an offer of £10million from Aston Villa for Japanese midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake, according to the Daily Express.

Reports in Germany suggest Paul Lambert is preparing an improved offer for the midfielder, after an original bid of £8.5million was rejected out of hand by the German club.

And according to reports in the German press, Villa are set to be left frustrated once more, with the Bundesliga outfit not intent on selling the 23-year-old until after next summer’s World Cup.

Responding to the rumours, Nuremburg chairman Martin Bader said: “The fact is we have not yet received a new request so we haven’t dealt with it.

“We have the player and have clearly stated that we plan to continue with him.”

Aston Villa were reported to be preparing to sell up to seven players to fund a move for the Japanese international, with Lambert intent on adding some genuine quality to his side this summer.

However the Bundesliga outfit feel under no pressure to sell their midfielder, meaning the Scot is likely to have to turn his attentions elsewhere.

Villa have gone through a fairly quiet transfer window, with their most successful signing no doubt proving to be Christian Benteke, who withdrew a transfer request last month to sign an extended contract at Villa Park.

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