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U.S. keeper Guzan Targeted by Aston Villa
Soccer By Ives, January 28th, 2008 5:15PM

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The tug of war over Brad Guzan has gotten more interesting: according to Soccer By Ives. English Premier League club Aston Villa has lodged in a $4 million bid for the Chivas USA goalkeeper, surpassing a $2 million offer from Glasgow Celtic and matching the fee Manchester United paid for former MetroStars keeper Tim Howard in 2003.

However, before any transfer could go through, Guzan would have to obtain a British work permit, which would be difficult considering his international record: Guzan has only played for the national team five times. England normally requires players to have appeared in 75 percent or more of their country's internationals over the past year as part of its criteria for handing out work permits. Sources tell SBI (without explaining why) that Guzan would probably have an easier time obtaining one in Scotland.    

The decision now rests with the Chivas USA keeper. Does he head to Villa Park to compete with Scott Carson for the No. 1 job at Aston Villa, or does he go play backup to Artur Boruc at Celtic? Both of the aforementioned are likely to depart this summer (Carson is on loan at Villa from Liverpool).

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