Could cut-price Romanian hotshot be an option for Aston Villa?


With the Villans struggling in front of net, perhaps Paul Lambert should look to a left-field transfer option in Steaua Bucharest’s Claudiu Keseru.

Aston Villa may have stopped the rot with a commendable 0-0 draw against West Ham United in the Premier League last time out, but come January Paul Lambert will have one key priority if he wants to hold on to his job: sign a new striker.

The Villans have scored just one goal in their last seven Premier League outings and with Christian Benteke likely to take some time yet to hit the kind of form that saw him lead the line for Villa last term, an alternative source of goals is required.

In truth, it’s an unfortunate situation, with back-up stars likely Libor Kozak similarly sidelined and yet to fulfil their potential for the club.

But help could be at hand from a rather unusual source – Romania.

Currently plying his trade at Steaua Bucharest, having moved to the club from Bastia over the summer, Claudiu Keseru has already shown himself to be in a different class in his domestic top-flight, scoring 20 goals in just 31 outings.

At 27 years of age he is not exactly a star in the making, but the forward has the potential to thrive in the Premier League. A small but skilful and quick operator, Keseru has proven that his goalscoring feats in Romania are no fluke, after netting four goals in as many matches in the Europa League.

And having spent years in the lower reaches of the French second division, the striker would jump at the chance to prove himself at a club like Aston Villa.

Undoubtedly a late bloomer, Keseru demonstrated his potential again this week with two finely taken goals for Romania against Denmark in a friendly.

And with three goals in three appearances for the national team to date, he could yet prove to be one of the stars of Euro 2016 in two years time, with Romania well on course to qualify.

Do that and the price tag on the 27-year-old is likely to increase, but move in January and Villa may just pick up a bargain to help ward off the spectre of relegation.

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