Five facts about Aston Villa target Hiroshi Kiyotake

Paul Lambert has targeted Hiroshi Kiyotake as his next signing for Aston Villa.

Lambert has done well in the transfer market so far to secure several signings early, as Aston Villa prepare for the new Premier League season.

The manager doesn’t seem ready to drop his youth policy any time soon and the approach for Hiroshi Kiyotake will only increase the quality and competition within a very young squad.

The midfielder’s current club Nurnberg have already confirmed that Villa have made an enquiry.

“I am able to confirm this transfer enquiry from Aston Villa. We have made it clear to Aston Villa we have no interest nor intention to sell the player,” said the club’s general manager Martin Bader.

Villa are thought to have offered an initial £7.5 million to push the deal through but with Kiyotake’s contract not due to expire for another two years, with the possibility of an extension, Villa will have to come up with a bigger fee if they want the player.

Here are five facts about him.

1) He’s a 23-year-old attacking midfielder, just under five feet and eight inches tall and predominantly right sided.

2) He spent five-years as a youth team player at Oita Trinita before progressing into senior football with the same side in 2008.

3) He was one of the leading assist providers in the Bundesliga last season with a tally of ten, which was more than Bayern Munich’s latest signing Mario Gotze.

4) He was also one of the most accurate passers in the Nurnberg side last season, with a pass completed rate of 81.3% and just under three key passes per game.

5) He has played for Japan at three different levels so far during his career, making 18 appearances at senior level scoring just one goal in the process.

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