Aston Villa media round-up: Club in talks with Ljajic, Kozak set to leave

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A selection of stories in the media involving Aston Villa in the last 24 hours...

Aston Villa have initiated talks to bring in Roma star Adem Ljajic, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Serbian has enjoyed a successful spell since his move from Fiorentina two years ago, but the summer signings of Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah have pushed him down the pecking order and the club are now reportedly prepared to let him leave.

Libor Kozak is in discussions with Celtic over a potential move north of the border, as reported by the Times.

German outfit Mainz are also thought to be interested in the Czech striker, who has yet to feature this season and has only made 15 appearances in his two years at Villa Park.

Meanwhile, Wycombe Wanderers have confirmed the loan signing of Villa Under-21 defender Janoi Donacien on a one-month deal on their official site.

The 21-year old has yet to feature in a competitive game for the Villans and spent last season on loan at Tranmere Rovers, appearing 37 times for the League Two club.

Micah Richards has spoken of the quality of the Villa squad ahead of tonight's Capital One Cup clash with Notts County, with plenty of rotation expected by Tim Sherwood.

 "I think a few players are unlucky not to be in the starting XI," said the defender, in an interview with AVTV.

"The manager can only pick 11 players each game. There are players who didn't play at the weekend who are good enough to play.

"We've got a lot of quality in the squad and the ones who didn't play could get some minutes this evening.

Finally, Tim Sherwood has spoken to AVTV of the need for patience as his young squad takes time to develop.

"The fans want to win and I want to win...It's a work in progress," said the Villa boss.

"If we can get through this season unscathed, it's one hell of a young side and an exciting team for the future."

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