Twenty-four-year-old forward Libor Kozak has completed a permanent transfer to Aston Villa on a four year deal until 2017.
News of the transfer broke on Sky Italia last night, as they revealed the deal was set to go through pending a work permit.
Paul Lambert stated:
“We’ve been on this one for the last few months, trying to bring him to the Club, so I’m delighted to get it across the line.
“Libor has an unbelievable scoring record in the Europa League, incredible really. He wasn’t given much opportunity for Lazio in Serie A but he showed proper potential in leading the line there at a strong club with a great tradition and we need somebody like him as we only have Christian Benteke really as a main target man.
“He’ll take that burden off Christian and he’ll add greatly to what we’ve got, with the likes of Nicklas Helenius, who’s a different type of player, Gabby Agonlahor, Aleks Tonev and Andi Weimann in that area of the pitch where we can hurt teams. Libor’s powerful, too, and I’m looking forward to working with him. We needed to bring in someone like Libor to help the overall philosophy to work.
“It’s a matter of him now integrating with the group, which he’ll do. We’ve brought in seven players this summer and we’re trying to build the squad. It’s getting there, no doubt about that and we’ll keep building it.”
Who is Libor Kozak?
- Libor Kozak is a 6ft 3in striker who signed for Italian side Lazio back in 2008 for 1.2million euros. He is a Czech Republic international who currently has 4 caps to his name.
- The forward failed to score a single goal in 18 appearances in Serie A last season but the majority of them are said to have been from the substitutes’ bench.
- He finished as top goal-scorer in the Europa League last season after scoring 10 goals in 11 games.
- Kozak was born in Opava, Czechoslovakia.
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