Rumoured Aston Villa target Zlatko Junuzovic fast becoming Bundesliga's Beckham

Zlatko Junuzovic was linked to Aston Villa in the summer and with Werder Bremen struggling while the Austrian shines, Paul Lambert should look again.

Aston Villa may have ended their nine-game run without a win in the Premier League last time out against Crystal Palace, but with the January transfer window just around the corner, reinforcements remain a priority.

One such addition could yet come in the form of highly-rated Austrian midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic, a player long linked with a move to Villa Park and currently impressing in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen.

The 27-year-old was linked with a move away from the German club in the summer, having failed to agree terms on a new contract with the River Islanders.

Villa were thought to be weighing up a bid for the Austria international over the summer, but with no formal bid forthcoming, Junuzovic moved to distance himself from talk a move to the Midlands side.

Speaking to the Bild during the summer, the midfielder played hard to get, stating: "I do not know anything (about Aston Villa). No one has yet come up to me with anything like that."

But with the playmaker now in the final year of his deal at Bremen and continuing to star for the troubled Bundesliga club, a move could yet be in the offing, particularly if Junuzovic keeps scoring the kind of goals that have seen him make headlines in the German top-flight.

Lying 14th in the league and just three points off the bottom, Werder fans can at least console themselves with the fine performances of the Austrian who is starting to show the talent that first convinced the club to sign the midfielder from Austrian Vienna two years ago, only to see his development hampered by injuries.

Capable of playing anywhere across the midfield or further forward in a supporting attack role, Junuzovic is known as much for his shooting skills as he is his defensive contributions.

But Bremen supports got a glimpse of the Bundesliga's answer to David Beckham last weekend via a superb free-kick scored in their 4-0 win over Paderborn.

Voted at the Matchday 13 goal of the week, you can see the goal for yourself to decide whether Villa could benefit from a midfielder of Junuzovic's quality.

Once valued at £3 million, a cut-price January deal could yet be on the cards, though the Clarets could yet face competition for a player garnering plenty of attention in Germany.


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