£10m failed Aston Villa target scores late free-kick equaliser in Bundesliga

Japanese international Hiroshi Kiyotake was a transfer target for Villa this summer, until he confirmed he would be staying with FC Nurnberg.

After Aston Villa dismantled Arsenal at The Emirates on Saturday, the fans would be right to question if there was any need in looking for any more new signings.

Paul Lambert has done his business early, and strengthened the side in all areas of the pitch. But he is reportedly still keen on one more player.

Lambert has been pursuing Hiroshi Kiyotake of FC Nurnberg for some time now, and he was reportedly told that the Japanese international would cost around £10 million.

The 23-year-old does not however seem to be on his way to Villa Park, the player himself, made it clear that he did not consider a switch to Aston Villa a desirable option: 

"I am a player well honoured by transfer options but this [a move to Aston Villa] is definitely something I consider as done. I am with Nurnberg and I am feeling fine about it. I am focused on Bundesliga action. At this moment in time I am not keen on Premiership football."

So what are Villa missing out on in this playmaker's decision to stay in Germany?

Well he gave them a pretty good clue this weekend.

His Nurnberg side were 2-1 down in the 89th minute, after goals from Sami Allagui and Ronny had pulled Hertha Berlin in front at the Grundig-Stadion, after Josip Drmic had given the home side a lead.

So, up stepped the hero of the hour, Kiyotake, to save the day against their capital opponents.

From 25 yards out the Japanese starlet curled a delightful free-kick beyond the wall and the rooted body of Thomas Kraft in the Hertha goal.

Want to see what you are missing out on? Check out the goal below…

image: © yoppy

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch